Chased by wild buffalo, youth gets lost in forest for 17 hours, escapes miraculously
Thenmala: The youth who went missing inside a forest after being chased by a herd of wild buffalo returned safely. Kottayam native Sumesh (21) got stranded inside the forest on Sunday during his trip to Rosemala at Aryankavu. He had a miraculous escape from the forest after 17 hours long struggle. He returned safely from the forest around 7.30 am on Monday.
Sumesh narrated his horrifying experience inside the forest.
“On Sunday around 2.30 pm, I took a ride to Rosemala on a bike along with my relative. On the way, we stopped the bike for a pee break at Rajakoopu area near Rosemala. When I was taking a small walk through a pocket road on the opposite side of a canal, I got trapped before a herd of wild buffalo. I had no clue what to do at that moment and I ran away from there. Though I tried to contact my relative Ajesh over the phone, there was no signal. I screamed to seek his attention, but unfortunately, he did not notice in it, said Sumesh.
“Without having any clue about how to come out of the forest, I covered a long distance. When the time was close to late evening, I climbed on a tree to stay safe. Fortunately, my phone got signal, I dialled 112 and informed police. I also forwarded pics of my location to them. The officials directed me to observe the surroundings from the tree,” Sumesh explained.
“My relatives also phoned me. But amidst this, my phone got switched off. Later, I decided to sleep inside a burrow on a huge tree. In order to alert the people who are in search of me, I tied my shirt on the branch of the tree. When I was lying inside the burrow, a wild animal came close to it. I managed to stray it away by throwing a stick on it. As realising it is not safe to be in the burrow, I climbed over the tree again. In the morning, I descended from the tree and walked through the forest path. After quenching my thirst with the water from the stream, I continued to walk as following a cable which was connected to the forest. I was sure that the cable will take me to some human settlement. Finally, I reached near a road,” Sumesh narrated the story of his survival.
Meanwhile, after receiving Sumesh’s phone call, police telecommunication wing nodal officer Manoj Abraham, In-charge Sabu and CPO Ajmal already directed Thenmala police to search the forest. Following this, Thenmala police contacted Aryankavu police and initiated a search around 5.30 on Sunday evening. But as Sumesh’s phone turned off, the police failed to trace him.
After locating Sumesh, the officials including Punalur deputy tehsildar Ashraf and Kulathoopuzha village officer Jayadevan took him to Thenmala family health centre for a health check-up. He only suffered minor injuries from walking through the thickets inside the forest. After the medical check-up, he was taken to Themala police station. Later he was sent with his relatives from Kottayam. Officials said that Sumesh ventured around 10 km inside the forest.
“I left home for the trip without informing any of my family members. After this experience, I decided that I won’t make any trips to the forest,” said Sumesh
Sumesh is son of Kochumon and Kunjamma at Puthupally. He is working as a technician.