Rajanna-Sircilla: A shepherd who was stranded in Manair Vagu near Sircilla town was rescued after 24 hours by a rescue team who had a tough time carrying out the operation.
In the process of rescuing the shepherd, some of the rescue team members were themselves stranded in the rivulet.
Mogili Chandramouli, a resident of Sainagar in the town, took his flock of 40 sheep to a nearby hillock in the middle of Manair Vagu for grazing on Monday afternoon. While the sheep were grazing near the Nehurunagar check dam, the water level in the rivulet went up suddenly. His attempts to cross the rivulet failed as the flow was heavy. Later, he informed his family members about the situation over the phone and they, in turn, alerted the police.
Revenue and police led by SI Laxma Reddy launched a rescue operation in the night but couldn’t continue in the dark. They took up the rescue operation on Tuesday morning.
Initially, a five-member rescue team including fishermen reach the shepherd after crossing the rivulet with the help of a rope. However, they could not get back since the water level in the rivulet rose sharply, leaving them stranded too. Later, another person who tried to rescue them with the help of a boat was also stranded since the water level and flow kept rising.
Finally, officials deployed a speed boat from Lower Manair Dam in Karimnagar and all the seven stranded persons were rescued. The sheep flock, however, on the hillock surrounded by water, and officials are mulling different methods to rescue them.
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