Six Stranded in Lift Rescued
By Express News Service | Published: 20th January 2014 07:38 AM |
It was a harrowing time for six passengers trapped in the lift at the Kotturpuram MRTS station on Sunday. Even as they were stranded between the ground floor and the first floor for more than an hour due to power failure, the inattentive lift operator vanished from the scene. However, all the six were safely rescued by the fire and rescue personnel, who manually operated the lift to bring it down and unlocked the doors.
The six passengers, including three women and a senior citizen, had taken the lift at around 12.15 pm to reach the platform of the station, located in the second floor. Within minutes, the lift got stalled between the ground and first floor in the station complex due to “power supply failure”.
On hearing the safety alarms raised by the lift and the cries for help from the trapped persons, a passerby in the station alerted the fire and rescue services. After nearly 30 minutes of effort, the firefighters safely rescued all the passengers.
“We obtained the keys from the station staff to unlock the hinge and manually brought the lift down. Fortunately, all the six persons inside were safe,” said fire officer Mohanan, who oversaw the rescue operation.
Four of the persons who got stuck in the lift were from Madhya Pradesh and are residing in the city for studies or employment, according to the fire and rescue officers. They are Jijendar (24), Baskaran (22), Kantha (19) and Prethi (19). The other two trapped inside were Anwar (62) and Manastha (25), residents of Kotturpuram.
Railway officials said the lift got stuck due to disruption in power supply and blamed the “inattentive” lift operator for the delay in the rescue operation. “When the lift got stalled, the persons inside panicked and opened the safety door. Due to this, the lift did not resume operation even after the power supply got restored,” said Jayam, Senior Regional Electrical Engineer, Southern Railways.
He said the same lift got stalled on Saturday as well. But, the lift operator manually operated the lift and rescued the passengers. He said the lift operator was not present when the incident took place on Sunday. “The operator was inattentive and failed to rescue the passengers. He did not inform the superior officers about the incident. We will take action on the particular operator,” he added. Senior railway officials said they were unaware of the incident.