Mangaluru. A 25-year-old software engineer who went missing in the forest while trekking in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka has been found by a team of local people and forest department personnel.
Paresh Kishanlal Aggarwal, a resident of Nagpur, Maharashtra, went missing while trekking in the forests of Charmadi in Belthangadi taluk of South Kannada district on Sunday, police said. He works in Bangalore. He said Agarwal, who was trekking from Rani Jari in Mudigere taluk, reached Bandje Falls on Sunday evening and lost his way after sunset.
The police said that after the disappearance, Agarwal sent the location to one of his colleagues in Bangalore, who called the police control room and informed about it. Later, the information about Agarwal’s disappearance was spread on local WhatsApp groups in Charmari. He said that after receiving the information, S. A team of police, forest department staff and local youth went out in search of Agarwal.
The search operation began at 5 pm on Sunday and Agarwal was found near the Bandje river around midnight. Agarwal, disoriented and suffering from hunger and fatigue, was given food and water by the rescue team, police said. After first aid, Agarwal was brought to Belthangdi police station early on Monday. Agarwal was later brought to the resort where he had rented a room, he said. The police also informed Agarwal’s parents. The rescue team members had to walk more than 10 km through dense forests to find him, police said.