Kerala: In Daring Operation, Indian Army Rescues A Trekker Stranded In Mountains

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Palakkad, 9th February 2022: In a daring mission teams of Madras Regimental Centre and Para Regimental Training Centre under the aegis of Southern Command of the Indian Army undertook a spectacular rescue operation to extricate a stranded trekker R Babu stuck in a steep gorge in Malampuzha mountains, Palakkad, Kerala.

A team of four amateur trekkers on 7th February had ventured into the Malampuzha Reserve Forest area in Palakkad District. Among them was the 23-year-old boy R Babu who accidentally slipped into a 600 meter deep cleft on the hill face.

After the day-long efforts of other agencies did not yield results, the Indian Army was requisitioned by the State Government on 8th February at 8 pm.

Army Specialist Teams with Qualified Mountaineers and Rock Climbing experts including Everest Expeditioners from Parachute Regimental Centre Bangalore and Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington were mobilised under the coordination of Hq Dakshin Bharat Area in Chennai.

On reaching the location the teams carried out a thorough reconnaissance of the site employing all means including drones. A strategy of multiple approaches was employed to ensure a greater chance of success.

Rescue operations commenced at first light today morning. All through contact and verbal communication was maintained to keep the boy in high morale. Indian Armed Forces helicopters were kept on standby for all contingencies.

Finally at around 10:15 am today the teams in a coordinated effort, employed rock climbing experts and rescued the trekker in a safe and healthy state and reunited him with his family.

The swift response and professionalism displayed by the teams have reiterated the confidence of the Nation in the indomitable force called the Indian Army.