Monday, January 1, 2018

Pune trekker falls into gorge, has narrow escape

Injured trekker Shravan Sawant

PUNE: A 24-year-old trekker Sharan Sawant from Bhor district had a narrow escape after falling into a 200-ft deep gorge at Jeevdhan fort in Junnar.

He climbed some 20-25 feet and decided to come down. While descending, his hand slipped from the boulder and he fell down in to the 200-ft gorge.

As per sources from rural police, Sharan and his cousin Pranay Sawant were on a visit to the Jeevdhan fort. At around 7 am, they climbed the fort and around 9.30 am they reached at the base of Vanarlingi pinnacle. The 385-ft pinnacle is considered difficult (Grade 4), but Sharan who has ample experience of rock climbing, attempted to climb the pinnacle without any safety gears.

Horrified with the incident, Pranay immediately contacted rural police and forest officials in the area. Junnar’s forest guard Ramesh Kharmale along with Nitin Shinde, Vishnu Shinde, Gaurav Kamble and Vinayak immediately rushed to the spot for the rescue.


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