Three people were miraculously saved after they clung to a wooden structure of an immersed idol of goddess Durga, after being drifted away by a high tide of river Ganga. According to the police, they were rescued around 8 km away in Kolkata on Saturday.
Mohammed Hasim Ali Naskar(13), Rafiqul Naskar(25) and Mohammed Aman(12) lifted wooden structures of immersed Durga idols from the river water when they drifted away due to the high tide.
The wooden structure serves as a base, upon which the clay idol of the goddess is erected. The structures are lifted from the water after immersion and reused.
The men were rescued by joint teams of Kolkata Police Disaster Management Group (DMG) and local police stations.
“We alerted all upstream ghats and a search was launched by River Traffic Police and the DMG,” an officer said, after receiving the information that the men were drifted away by a strong upstream current.
Following a three-hour long search, the trio was found floating, clinging to a wooden structure near Kashi Mitra Ghat under the North Port Police Station.
“They could have drowned. But they managed to cling to the wooden structure and that saved them. We thank the local people in lending hands in saving them,” the officer added.