In an incident that will surely be adapted to a film or a web series, a Kerala trekker was rescued by the Indian army after over 40 hours of being stuck in a hill cleft without food or water. 23-year-old trekker R. Babu was climbing the Cherad Hill in Malampuzha with his fellow trekkers earlier on Monday. However, things quickly turned awry when he found himself trapped between two rocks after slipping. What followed next was a mega rescue op involving personnel from the Indian Army, the National Disaster Response Force, and the Indian Navy.

Over 40 hours later, Babu was finally rescued. He was part of several selfies and pictures that personnel of the rescue operation took. In one of the videos, he can be heard saying, “Very thanks, Indian Army”, with an exhausted yet relieved expression.

The Facts of the Matter

In 2020, Academy Award winning filmmaker Danny Boyle directed 127 hours – an autobiographical survival drama based on the life of US-based adventurer Aron Ralston. The film was an edge-of-a-seat account of Aron’s accident where he was stuck by a boulder deep in a canyon. The film’s title was the reference of the number of hours Ralston was stuck, till he was rescued.

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R Babu’s Story Similar to 127 Hours

23-year-old trekker R. Babu was in an eerily similar situation when he found himself stuck in a hill cleft after he accidentally slipped from the Cherad Hill in Malampuzha. He had no water, food or any device which could be used to handle the situation. However, unlike 127 Hours – where Aron had to cut off his arm to free himself – Babu’s story has a much better ending.

After over 40 hours of the mishap, he was rescued by the joint efforts of Indian Army, NDRF and Indian Navy.

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How Babu Was Stuck Between Rock & Hard Place

Earlier on Monday, Babu along with some fellow trekkers, was climbing the Cherad Hill. At one point during the trek, the fellow trekkers chose to call off the trek, however, he chose to continue with his trek. He soon reached to the hill’s top, and it was at this time that he slipped and was stuck literally between a rock and a hard place.

According to reports, the young trekker also sustained an injury when he fell into the hill cleft. However, equipped with his phone, he shared the selfies and pictures of the spot where he was stuck. Reportedly, the two trekkers who had abandoned the trek earlier, tried to locate him by calling him and hearing his voice. However, they were not able to find the youth.

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Choppers Called Back Due to Treacherous Terrain

Soon, the Indian Navy deployed its choppers to rescue the trekker. These choppers made sorties around the spot, however they realized that the treacherous terrain was not allowing them to rescue the 23-year-old trekker.

The rescue personnel also tried sending emergency food and water to make sure Babu’s health doesn’t deteriorate. However, the attempts failed and the trekker was left without any food or water.

Meanwhile, the authorities made sure that wild animals were kept away from Babu by the time rescue operation continues. They burned flambeau and lit up flaming torches to keep the wild animals at bay.

Mountaineering Team Reaches Babu

On Wednesday, a team of rescuers were finally able to reach Babu by crawling through the treacherous hill for over four hours. The team that reached him was the Indian Army’s mountaineering team. The team offered Babu some water and he will be soon inspected by the medical team set up at the base camp.

“Bharat Mata Ki Jai” Says R. Babu After Rescue

After the triumphant rescue op, visuals of R. Babu smiling have been making rounds on the internet. In one of the videos going viral on Twitter, Babu can be seen sitting with the rescue personnel and can be heard saying, “Very thanks, Indian Army”. He and the rescue personnel also chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.


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