A 60-year-old man who jumped into a swollen river in flood-hit Karnataka came out alive two days later.
Many people evacuated the Nanjangud town and shifted to temporary shelters after floodgates of the Kabini reservoir were opened during the weekend, about 169 km southwest of Bengaluru.
However, Venkatesh Murthy saw it as an opportunity to challenge the swollen Kapila. On Saturday morning, he took a plunge into the furious river and remained missing for more than two days.
The video of Murthy jumping into the river viral on social media and many speculated that he was no more. News Channels clubbed him as one of the flood victims as his family failed to find him.
Strangely on Monday, Murthy emerged alive and later reported to a police station in the evening.
His escape did not surprise his sister Manjula, who says this was not the first time that Murthy had jumped into the river. “Never ever he took more than half-an-hour to return safe. This time he was trapped at a pillar of Hejjige bridge and remained there for two days and he has been doing it for the past 25-30 years,” she told PTI.
People standing on the Hejjige bridge saw Venkatesh Murthy in the river on Saturday and tried to save him by throwing a rope. But on seeing him disappearing in the strong current of Kapila, they assumed that he was no more.
Somehow, he managed to climb on the chamber of the bridge and remained there for 60 hours and came out from there once the flood receded.
“I usually swam from the middle of the pillars, but the current was so strong that I opted to hold the pillar. That was a mistake as I was trapped in the weeds stuck there,” Murthy told a news channel.
#BIGNEWS: An elderly man drowns after jumping into the overflowing Kapila river in Nanjangud taluk of #Mysuru. The deceased has been identified as Venkatesh, a priest in a local temple. pic.twitter.com/ePhwxCkK5A
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Venkatesh Murthy, who is a temple priest travelled over 10,000 kilometers a few years ago on a battered bicycle from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
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