'Babu wanted to hoist flag atop the hill', says boy who accompanied him

Trekker Babu being rescued | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Malampuzha: A ninth standard student who accompanied Babu for trekking said that he went with him after being compelled to tag along for the trekking. He only went up half the distance. The boy said that he descended the hill after feeling thirsty. Babu had started climbing the hills with two teens including this boy and a 12th standard student.

They started climbing the hill by 10 am on Monday. Babu came and called the boy while he was playing and asked him to join him for the trekking. The boy got thirsty while climbing the hill and decided to go back. Babu asked him to keep climbing, so he went on for some more distance. But the boy gave up after a while and went back. Babu said that he will return only after climbing all the way and hoisting a flag atop the hill.

The boy took a nap after returning to his home and woke up by the sound of sirens of ambulances and police vehicles. The boy said that he learned about the incident after his friend sent him a photo of Babu trapped between the rocks.

Babu got stuck on the cleft between the hills after slipping and falling while climbing the hills on Monday afternoon. He informed the matter to his family using his mobile phone. Though efforts were taken to rescue him by using a helicopter, the mission failed. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members and Fire Force continued the rescue operation during night hours too.

After 46 hours of effort, a two-member team of the army lifted him from the crevice with a safety belt and other equipment on Wednesday. He was immediately shifted to Palakkad district hospital.

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