2 from City drown in Arkavathi, 6 rescued

2 from City drown in Arkavathi, 6 rescued

2 from City drown in Arkavathi, 6 rescued

Two young women from the City, who had been on an outing with six colleagues, were washed away in the Arkavathi river at the Chunchi falls in the Kanakapura taluk of Ramanagara district on Sunday afternoon.


The others were stuck on a rock in the middle of the river. Despite heavy rain, constantly rising water level in the river and bad light, the police and fire department personnel rescued them around 11 pm, using coracles and with the help of expert swimmers. The police said the eight were employees of HGS, a private firm in Bengaluru.

“We received a message in the afternoon that two women were washed away in the Arkavathi, and rushed to the spot. But still we have not been able to trace the bodies as it is raining heavily and the water level is constantly rising. We will resume the operations around 7 am on Monday,” a senior police officer at the spot told Deccan Herald over the phone.

The jurisdictional police, fire department, teams from the forest department and locals struggled for hours to rescue the six stranded tourists. The rescue teams camped on either side of the river to rescue them.

“We struggled a lot as was it a new-moon day and pitch dark. Though we had given up hope because of bad weather and the difficult terrain, we finally managed to rescue them around 11 pm,” said the official.

Chunchi Falls is about 90 km from Bengaluru, and is on the way to Mekedatu to Sangama.

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