Chhattisgarh, 16 September: In what is hailed as nothing short of a miracle, a 18-year-old who slipped off in Mahanadi River near Chandrahasini Devi Temple in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh was taken out safely after she kept swimming and floating for over 12 hours along 50 km-long river course.
The accident held on Tuesday evening when the girl, identified as Soni Yadav, had fallen into the river and after fighting with waves till the time she reached near Odisha’s Jharsuguda , three fishermen had observed her frail voice near Kushmel village around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.
Interestingly, In between, she swam for some time, helplessly surrendered her to strong water current of Mahanadi, lost consciousness and again swam after regaining sense, Soni told to villagers of Kushmel and local police.
“I had come for a darshan of deity Chandrahasini on Tuesday. While washing my hands and legs at Mahanadi ghat, I slipped into the river. I could not immediately swim ashore due to strong water current,” the girl said.
After rescue in Odisha, the girl was taken to Lakhanpur Hospital where doctors declare her out of danger. But she was kept under observation for 24 hours.
Odisha police contacted its counterpart in Chhattisgarh and established the identity of the girl.
The girl was handed over to her aunt, Sunita Yadav, on Thursday. Villagers of Kushmel, who witnessed such an incredible event, also accompanied them to her village in Chhattisgarh.