In a daring deed, a 36-year-old woman police constable ventured into the murky waters of Cooum in Anna Nagar on Wednesday to save the life of a 35-year-old construction worker, who had jumped into it in an inebriated condition.
According to sources, at around 11.30 am, Usha Rani (36), who was posted at the Naduvankarai Police Booth, was alerted by a boy that a man had jumped into the river from the Naduvankarai bridge, which was barely 500 metre from the booth. Rani rushed to the centre of the bridge and saw that the man was struggling in the water.
Immediately, ran towards the river bank through the cramped street and stopped at a bicycle store for a rope.
However, as the shop owner responded with a negative reply, she grabbed a cycle tube and bolted towards the river.
Usha then stepped into the river and yelled out to the man to grab the tube. However, the man had lost consciousness and did not respond to her calls. Rani managed to throw the tube around the his hands and drag him to the bank.
Anna Nagar Inspector (Crime) S Surendiran, sub-Inspectors Janakiraman and Rangarajan, who were alerted about the incident, rushed to the spot and helped her take the man to main road.
Meanwhile, Usha called the 108 ambulance service and the man was rushed to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. He had sustained injuries on his head and legs. Speaking to Express, Usha said the whole episode went by in a flash, adding that she did not think about her own life when that of another one was in trouble. “I did not even ask the permission of the shopkeeper for the cycle tube. I just grabbed it and ran to the person’s rescue. He had passed out and did not respond to my calls to grab the tube. I had to swing the tube a couple of times before I could hitch it on his hands properly to move him to safety”, she said.
Inspector Surendiran said the man was identified as one Rajesh (35), who was married and has two kids. “He was not employed although his wife is working. He was in a drunken stupor,” the officer said.