Rajasthan: Policeman jumps into river, saves man from drowning
A 37-year-old driver working for the Rajasthan Police risked his life by diving into the Chambal river in Kota, Rajasthan from a bridge nearly 10 feet above the water and rescuing a man drowning in the marsh, officials said. Jeep driver Chetram Choudhary and Constable Radheyshyam Sankhla, posted at Kunhari Police Station, were on COVID-19 duty at a market on Bundi Road on Wednesday.
They received a call about a man jumping into Chambal
While on their COVID-19 duty, Chowdhary and Constable Sankhla received a call about a man jumping into the Chambal from the Kunhari bridge, hardly a kilometer away. "Responding to the call, they reached the spot within minutes and Choudhary rushed out of the police car and jumped into the river without a second thought," Constable Sankhla said.
Chowdhary swam around 60-70 feet to reach the drowning man
He added that Choudhary swam around 60-70 feet to reach the drowning man and kept him afloat till a rescue boat arrived and saved them both. "I somehow managed to reach and catch hold of the man as he was sinking in the marsh till the rescue boat arrived," Choudhary, a resident of Tikhriya Kalan village of Bundi district, told PTI.
The man is unconscious and admitted to MBS hospital
"I am highly elated and satisfied," Chowdhary added. Station House Office (SHO) of Kunhari Police Station Ganga Sahay Sharma said, "The initial investigation revealed 32-year-old Mohit of Dadwada area of the city allegedly attempted to take his own life by jumping into the river before Choudhary rescued him." "The man is unconscious and admitted to the MBS hospital," the SHO said.
The man was upset over financial issues and was unemployed
"The man was upset over financial issues and was unemployed which led him to take his own life by jumping into the river," the SHO said. "The rescue operation lasted for around 25-30 minutes," Sharma added.