Kerala: Trekker struck on hill rescued by the Indian Army after 40 hours

The Indian Army’s specialized teams from the Parachute Regimental Centre, Bangalore and Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington launched what they are now calling ‘Operation Rescue Babu’ at 6 am on Wednesday. This was launched to rescue a trekker who was struck in a niche hill at Malampuzha in Palakkad district of Kerala.

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Cherattil Babu, 23, a trekker from Kerala had trekked up the mountain with two friends on Monday. While descending, he slipped and fell into a deep gorge, which was estimated to be at least 200 ft lower than the summit. He has also injured his leg in the process. His friends, who failed to rescue him themselves, reached the base of the hill and informed authorities following which efforts began to rescue him.


He had been trapped for more than 40 hours and the Army gave him food and water. With the help of a safety rope, he has been taken atop the Kurumbachi hill in Malampuzha, from where he will be airlifted.

Teams comprising mountaineering experts of the Southern Command of the Indian Army had reached Malampuzha late Tuesday night to plan the operation. Early Wednesday morning, the Southern Command said in a tweet that the operations had commenced, and they were trying to rescue him. According to reports, Babu’s health parameters are good.