Two have miraculous escape when their kayak overturns after hitting the bridge
SHIMOGA: Two persons of a team that went rafting in the swollen Tunga from the new bridge to Kudli on Sunday had a miraculous escape after their kayak hit a column of the old Tunga bridge and overturned.
Press photographer Shimoga Nandan and Praveen were thrown off the kayak after the accident. However, they were rescued by another team comprising A.N. Vijayendra and Ambaresh. People, who gathered to watch the adventurous sport, heaved a sigh of relief when Mr. Nandan and Mr. Praveen were helped into their kayak by Mr. Vijayendra and Mr. Ambaresh.
But for this accident, the event organised under the aegis of the Adventure Academy was a success.
Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and Superintendent of Police S. Murugan, district Home Guard Commandant Parameshwarappa, Assistant Commissioner Nagaraj, journalist Ravikumar and instructors of the academy Dorai and Harish Patil and Srinath Nagaragadde participated in the event.
An appeal was made to the Centre to sanction a FM radio station for Shimoga on the occasion. The participants carried placards in support of the demand.
The event was inaugurated at the new Tunga bridge by Shimoga City Municipal Council president N.J. Rajashekar at 10.30 a.m. A huge gathering at the mantapa near the Korpalaiah Chatra downstream of the Tunga received the participating teams.
The Deputy Commissioner lauded the efforts of the academy in creating awareness about rescue operations in the event of floods.
He said that some of the equipment purchased to meet the flood situation in the district were put to test on the occasion.
District convener of the academy Vijayendra said that rafting was becoming popular in Shimoga.