Tanur: On Sunday around 8 pm, news of a boat accident in Poorappuzha broke out. As the word spread, the area became crowded with ambulances, and the partially submerged boat was barely visible in the dark.
The initial group of survivors was rescued promptly, but it took 45 minutes to bring the remaining victims to shore. The rescue operation was difficult, and various teams, including the disaster management team, locals, police, and fire brigade, worked together tirelessly to bring the boat to shore.
At first, attempts to drag the boat to the shore went unsuccessful, but a stronger rope was eventually brought in, and the boat was lifted and brought closer to the bank on the eastern side of Poorappuzha.
Since there was no facility for ambulances to reach that side, people were ferried to the ambulance on the other side in small boats.
Following the rescue operation, the boat was cut open to ensure that no one was trapped inside. There were also concerns that someone may have drowned in the river, prompting the deployment of a scuba team to search the area.
At half past eight, the area was lighted up and traffic on the main road restricted to facilitate the smooth movement of ambulances. Ambulances were sent to various hospitals along with trauma care, police, and fire forces to control the situation and manage traffic.