Forest Watcher Washed Away After Falling Into Canal While Trying To Retrieve Elephant Carcass

A 24-year-old forest watcher who was part of a team involved in the retrieval of an elephant’s carcass from Contour Canal in Udumalpet was reportedly washed away by strong currents.

According to a TOI report, the forest watcher named C. Chandru, a native of Pudukottai district was recruited in December 2019 and posted with the Udumalpet forest range in Tirupur forest division.

Twitter/Praveen Kaswan/Image For Representation/Contour Canal

Udumalpet forest range officials received information around 6:00 pm on Saturday that a tusker aged about seven years had fallen into the Contour Canal near Pollachi.

That's when the Udumalpet forest official was alerted for immediate action to rescue the tusker. Chandru was part of a 15-member rescue team in the canal where the elephant had fallen.

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Speaking to TOI, PK Dileep district forest officer said that Candhru accidentally slipped into the canal while trying to retrieve the carcass but in the process failed to fight off strong water currents.

A Special team was deployed to look for the forest officer but in vain. They scanned the canal for 14 km from the accident spot but couldn't trace Chandru. The Public Works Department was asked to reduce the water flow for search operations.

  

The carcass of the tusker was found during the search but Chandhru still remains missing. Paying a tribute to the forest watcher IFS officer Praveen Kaswan shared a tribute post with his picture saying, Today #forest watcher C. Chandru (24) lost his life while rescuing a seven years old male #elephant. 

He was part of a team on rescue work at Udumalpet Forest Range, Tamil Nadu. Washed away by the strong current in the Contour canal. Rest in peace soldier."



source https://www.indiatimes.com/trending/wtf/forest-watcher-washed-away-after-falling-into-canal-while-trying-to-retrieve-elephant-carcass-512935.html

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