Meghalaya: Gujarat Tourists Express Gratitude for Dramatic Rescue at Nohkalikai Falls
Sohra, Meghalaya: Two tourists hailing from Gujarat found themselves in a precarious situation today as they lost their way amidst the breathtaking gorges surrounding Nohkalikai Falls, one of India’s most stunning plunge waterfalls. Luckily, they were successfully rescued by the prompt efforts of the Meghalaya Police.
The incident came to light when a distress call was placed to the Nationwide Emergency Response System (112) at approximately 2:56 p.m. on Tuesday. East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police, Sylvester Nongtnger, swiftly mobilized a search and rescue operation, led by WPSI Vandana Diengdoh.
The stranded tourists, identified as Avani Soni and Abhishek Jamwal, had embarked on a sightseeing excursion to Nohkalikai Falls, situated roughly 7.5 km from Sohra, also recognized as Cherrapunji, famed for being one of the wettest places on Earth. Their adventure took them deep into the gorges of the falls, where they soon realized they had lost their way.
𝗟𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲! 𝗚𝘂𝗷𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗡𝗼𝗵𝗸𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗮𝗶 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗚𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘀, 𝗠𝗲𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗮— NEWS8 Northeast (@news8northeast) October 4, 2023
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The dedicated police team, aided by local guides, reached the location and successfully located the tourists. The rescue was executed around 6 p.m., with both individuals brought to safety. Subsequently, they received first aid and underwent a medical check-up at a nearby healthcare facility. Fortunately, their injuries were minor, as confirmed by the Superintendent of Police.
In an expression of gratitude, the tourists conveyed their heartfelt appreciation to both the police force and the local community for their timely intervention.
They admitted their lack of awareness regarding the challenging terrain and associated risks of exploring the area. Their advice to fellow travellers was to exercise caution and adhere to the guidance provided by local authorities when visiting the falls.