How Bhatkal trio rescued two Omanis from drowning off Al-Seeb coast at midnight

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August 31, 2020

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Muscat, Aug 31: Three Indian expats hailing from Bhatkal, a coastal town located in south Indian state of Karnataka, have become the talk of the town after they rescued two Omanis from drowning risking their own lives.

The NRI heroes are Shahid Ruknuddin, Mohiddin Anas, and Mudassir Kola, who live in Al-Seeb, a coastal fishing city, located several kilometres northwest of Muscat, in north-eastern Oman.

The incident occurred on August 28, when two Omani nationals had gone out to sea along with their friends. Unfortunately, their boat capsized off the coast due to rough weather.

At the same time, the expat trio had gone to the same beach in the hopes of catching some fish. They were unsuccessful and were about to return, when they heard faint cries in the distance.

Concerned that it might be someone calling for help, they switched on their torch to see if they could spot anyone shouting for help from the water.

Mohiddin Anas, recalling their experience, said, “At about 11:30 pm, we went to the beach to try and catch some fish. Because the tide was low, we decided to stand on the rocks that would normally be submerged underwater to see if we could catch any. We heard someone shouting from a distance, but decided to ignore them, because we thought someone might be playing a joke from the parking lot.

“We stayed there for about 25 minutes, and decided to go home, but the shouting persisted, so we definitely felt someone was calling out to us,” he added.

“Since we had a very powerful torch to help us see underneath the waves. We switched our torch on and off to signal them, and each time they saw the signal, they’d shout at us loudly. We didn’t know what they were saying, but we knew someone was calling to us.

“We realised they were nearly a 45-minute swim away from us, they were quite far away,” added Anas.

“When we pointed the torch in the direction of their shouting, all we could see were a pair of eyes in the waves, at a distance. They were Omanis shouting at us in Arabic, but we don’t understand the language, so it was difficult to understand what they were saying.

“Keen to ensure the locals were rescued at the earliest, they gestured towards the stranded Omanis to swim towards them. The locals swam with all their might against the momentum of the rough waves, but had become exhausted about 20 or 30 metres away from the shore.

“Concerned they might not make it and caring little for his own safety, Shahid jumped into the water, which contained many jagged rocks, so that he could bring the two Omanis onto land before their situation worsened. On reaching dry land, the locals immediately ran to another boat, which they took out to sea to rescue the third Omani who had gone out to sea with them.

“They told us their friend was still out there, and he had to be rescued, although he knew how to swim,” he recalled.

“By this time, Shahid’s legs were bleeding, so we had to help him back to his room to rest. We went home at about two in the morning. They were trembling because of their ordeal, but are otherwise unharmed.”

Sharing his experiences of the part he played in rescuing the Omanis, Shahid asked that others be careful while going out to see, so that they do not face such a trying ordeal, one which they might not be so lucky to survive.

“The waves were very rough, and these people tried very hard to make it to the shore,” he said.

“To anyone planning to go out to the sea, please don’t go when the weather is bad, especially at night. There might not be anyone there to help you. I told my family of my involvement in helping these people, and my mother said it was our destiny to be there and save them,” said Shahid, who is now recuperating at home after his late-night experience.

“My shop may not be doing too well at the moment, but all of my concerns around it evaporated when I did my duty. The humanity we all have is more important than anything else in this world.”

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October 23,2020

Hassan, Oct 23: Thousands litres of diesel spilled on the road when a tanker overturned on the National Highway 75 at Mangaluru-Alur route, near Alur taluk in the district, on Friday.

Police said that the driver, while trying to avoid being hit by an overtaking car, lost control and the tanker turned turtle.

Thousands of litres of fuel got wasted due to leakage. Fire and Emergency Services personnel rushed to the spot. The movement of traffic on the highway was affected for about a few hours.

Police rushed to the spot and prevented people from going near the vehicle, to avoid any possible mishap.

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October 18,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 18: The city police and vigilantes of Bajrang Dal today intercepted a truck and seized 2,500 kg of beef that was being transported in it. Police also nabbed two persons who were transporting the meat ostensibly from Hubballi to the city.

Acting on information given by Bajrang Dal, personnel from Kankanady Town police station intercepted the truck near Kannur-Padil and seized the vehicle.

Deputy commissioner of police (law and order) Arunangshu Giri said the carcasses of slaughtered cows were hidden behind plastic trays containing fish. The lorry was coming to the city via Hassan when police intercepted it, he added. This is the second such incident in the last week. On Tuesday, personnel of Mangaluru north PS too had intercepted a vehicle in which 1,000 kg of beef was being transported illegally.

Sharan Kumar Pumpwell, divisional secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad said the new modus operandi used by those into illegal cattle slaughter and meat trade is a disturbing development. “This is precisely the reason why the VHP has urged the city police commissioner to set up a special squad,” Sharan said. “We are passing information on any such illegal movement of meat into Dakshina Kannada district to the police for them to take action,” he added.

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October 21,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: Recoveries at 8,500 were more than 6,297 new Covid cases registered for the second consecutive day in Karnataka.

"With 8,500 discharged from across the state on Monday, recoveries have gone up to 6,62,329 till date, while Covid tally rose to 7,76,901 with 6,297 fresh cases and 1,03,945 active cases so far," said the state health bulletin on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to 10,608, with 66 succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours across the state.

As the epi-centre of the pandemic, Bengaluru registered 2,821 new cases, taking its Covid tally to 3,12,842, including 64,523 active cases, while 2,798 discharges in the last 24 hours rose the recovery rate for the city to 2,44,740.

With 36 deaths due to the virus in the city, the toll rose to 3,578 so far.

Of the 941 patients in the intensive care units (ICUs) across the state, 380 are in Bengaluru hospitals, 67 in Ballari and Dharwad, 45 in Chamarajanagara, 44 in Hassan, 29 in Kolar, 27 in Shivamogga and 20 in Kalaburagi.

Out of 98,236 tests, 23,373 were through the rapid antigen detection and 74,863 from RT-PCR method across the southern state.

"Positivity rate in the state is 6.4 per cent, while case fatality rate is at 1.4 per cent," added the bulletin.

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