K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: In a daring operation, the Ganneruvaram police with the support of local fishermen have rescued a fisherman trapped in the swirling floodwaters of a minor irrigation tank, which was overflowing in the Ganneruvaram mandal headquarters on Monday evening following copious inflows in its catchment areas.
Police sources said that fisherman Bandari Bhupathireddy (45), a native of Begumpet village of Bejjanki mandal went to Pothuru village in Illanthakunta mandal on his motorcycle. During his return journey, while he was crossing the overflowing minor irrigation tank, he was trapped in the swirling waters and washed away along with his vehicle.
Later, he caught hold of some bushes ashore and was crying for help. After the news reached the police, the Ganneruvaram police team lead by SI Tirupathi responded instantly and rushed to the spot along with ropes. He also alerted the local fishermen to visit the spot along with their fishing rafts.
Initially, the police tried to rescue the fisherman by using the ropes. When the efforts failed, the SI Tirupathi informed the fishermen to enter the waters from three sides and rescue the trapped Bhupathi. The fishermen surrounded the place where Bhupathi was trapped by using the fishermen rafts and rescued him safely to the shores.
After noticing some injuries to Bhupathi, the police shifted him to the hospital for treatment and later shifted him to his native Begumpet village safely. In the meantime, the SI had handed over financial rewards to three fishermen, who risked their lives and saved a person from the swirling floodwaters.
Following the spread of the news, Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana and Additional DCP (admn) G Chandramohan had personally called the SI and appreciated his efforts in rescuing a fisherman from the swirling floodwaters.