Panshet, 21st January 2024: A young man lost his life while attempting to save his two sisters from drowning in the spillway of Panshet dam around 3 pm today. The deceased, identified as 18-year-old Dnyaneshwar Balaji Manale from Kharadi, Pune, sacrificed himself to rescue his sisters, Anusaya Balaji Manale and Mayuri Balaji Manale.
The Velhe Police reported that the incident occurred near the bridge over the Panshet dam’s power generation shed. Dnyaneshwar, along with his sisters and friends, had been enjoying a leisurely walk in the Panshet area, taking advantage of the Sunday holiday. After their outing, around 2 in the afternoon, they were heading home on their bikes.
While crossing the bridge, situated close to the hydro power station near the Panshet dam, the group paused to capture selfies by the water. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Anusaya Manale slipped and fell into the water. Her sister, Mayuri, bravely entered the water to rescue her, but both found themselves in perilous circumstances in the fast-flowing stream.
Without a second thought for their own safety, local youths Sairaj Santosh Rairikar and Karan Baburao Chavan leaped into action, risking their lives to save Anusaya and Mayuri. The heroic intervention prevented further loss of life, but Dnyaneshwar, who had jumped into the water to rescue his sisters, went missing.
Upon receiving the report, Police Constable Pakanj Moghe and Kantilal Kolpe from Panshet police chowky rushed to the spot. The Sahyadri Disaster Management Team and personnel from the PMRDA fire brigade joined the rescue efforts.
Diligent search operations were conducted by Tanaji Bhosle, Chonde, Sandeep Solsakar, and Abaji Jadhav of the Disaster Management team, along with the fire brigade personnel. After a two-hour search, around 5 pm, Solaskar discovered Dnyaneshwar’s lifeless submerged in deep water.
The body was taken to the Velhe Rural Hospital for post-mortem examinations.