By Bilal Kuchay
A trio of ‘adventure-loving’ tourists made a miraculous escape after becoming trapped in the middle of a heavily flooded waterfall.
The three men had climbed on top of a rock for lunch to grab a view of the Bhagsunag waterfall in Dharamshala in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh, India.
But the men were still having their meals precariously perched on the rock a sudden flash flood increased the level of the stream and trapped the trio.
A video recorded by a local shopkeeper shows the three men in their 20’s screaming and crying for help as a sudden gush of muddy water almost drowns them.
Luckily locals dashed to their rescue by making a makeshift rope of clothing and turbans and pulled them to safety after an hour-long struggle.
Eyewitness Sonam Sherpa said “Three tourists in their 20’s were crying for help. We rushed to the spot and used our shirts and trousers besides a turban to rescue them. But rescuing them was made difficult by the flow of water.
“It was so scary. We thought they will drown anytime.
“They were enjoying when suddenly rains flooded the river and these youths were struck in the middle. The muddy water made the scene horrible.”
Situated at an altitude of 6,906 feet above sea level, Bhagsunag is a popular tourist destination, specially among youngsters, in summers because of an ancient temple and the 30-feet waterfall that serves as the best backdrop for photographs.