The Times of India reports that a man known for his kind, helpful ways has laid down his life for a neighborhood dog, saving it in the process.
“COIMBATORE: Old age and related physical ailments never deterred P Muthusamy from taking risk for the benefit of others. A resident of Kalayannur near Chinnathadagam on the outskirts of the city, this 68-year-old motor mechanic was always a phone call away for those in distress in the neighbourhood.”
Last Wednesday, Muthusamy climbed down a 100-foot deep abandoned well to rescue a neighbor’s pet dog. Members of the community assisted by lowering him with a rope – the elderly man disappeared into the shaft of the well, and in only a matter of minutes, a shaken but safe dog emerged, hoisted by the same rope Muthusamy had used to lower himself into the well.
Once the dog was secure, the rope was passed to Muthusamy: neighbors began pulling the hero to safety when tragedy struck. Ten feet from the top of the well the rope snapped, plunging the man into darkness. Fire and rescue personnel arrived quickly, but they were too late – Muthusamy was found dead, submerged in water at the base of the well, his life sacrificed for the sake of a frightened, helpless animal.
Rescue personnel say Muthusamy died instantly on impact and did not suffer.