D. Chandra Bhaskar Rao
Kancham Srinu and his brother K. Nagesh risk their lives to jump into Munneru, a tributary of the Krishna, and save the lives of four persons
KHAMMAM: It was a nerve-wracking experience for four persons — two women and two shepherds. Caught in the swirling waters of Munneru, a tributary of the Krishna for more than four hours, they were uncertain of any rescue team reaching them till they were neck-deep in waters.
Four others who could make it to another rock in the river were washed away in the full view of the public. Hundreds of people watched them drowning. Some 80 sheep also perished. The professional divers, who rushed to the river point in the outskirts of the town, also could not venture into the waters.
The flood level is hardly ten feet. But no country boat could be used in the river in spate. A spate of calls from the onlookers forced the officials to plunge into action. But with no one coming forward to risk their lives, the officials were also of little help.
But a hamali working in the FCI godowns, Kancham Srinu and his brother K. Nagesh turned out be god-sent for them.
They jumped into the river boldly and rescued three persons — Bhimalaboina Narsimha, D. Bikshapati and Chandramma in the first phase. A lone woman left out in the river was saved by Srinu alone.
The daring fete of the duo-turned-saviours was praised by one and all. They were taken in procession in Saradhinagar locality.
Thanking them for the help, the ward Councillor Rama Rao announced a cash reward of Rs. 1,000 for the youth in the presence of the crowd. Jayamma, who was the last one to be rescued, said it was a fresh lease of life for her. The saviour was god-sent, she quipped.