വാഹനം കണ്ടെത്താന് വേണ്ടി ഹൈവേ 101-ല് കണ്ഫ്യൂഷന് ഹില് മേഖലയില് തെരച്ചില് തുടരുകയാണ്.
ലോസാഞ്ചത്സിനടുത്തു സാന്റാ ക്ലാരിറ്റയില് നിന്നു പോയ സന്ദീപ് തോട്ടപ്പിള്ളിയും ഭാര്യയും രണ്ടു മക്കളും സഞ്ചരിച്ചത് ഹോണ്ട പൈലറ്റിലാണ്. എന്നാല് നദിയില് കാണാതായ വാഹനം ഏതെന്നോ ആരുടേതെന്നോ ഇനിയും തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞിട്ടില്ല.
വാഹനം നദിയില് വീണതായി പറയുന്ന സ്ഥലത്തിനടുത്തേക്ക് സന്ദീപിന്റെ കുടുംബാംഗങ്ങള് പോയിട്ടുണ്ട്. സമീപ ടൗണില് തല്ക്കാലം തങ്ങാനാണ് പരിപാടി.
ഈല് നദിയില് മലവെള്ളപ്പാച്ചിലിനു ഇനിയും ശമനമൊന്നുമില്ല. അതിനാല് വാഹനം കണ്ടെത്തുക എളുപ്പമല്ല.
അപകടം നടന്ന സ്ഥലത്ത് കലുങ്കോ ഫെന്സോ ഇല്ലാത്തതും അപകട മേഖലയായ അവിടെ മുന്നറിയിപ്പ് ഇല്ലാത്തതും വിമര്ശന വിധേയമായിട്ടുണ്ട്.
എന്തായാലും പോലീസ് ക്രുത്യമായ വിവരം നല്കുന്നതു വരെ പ്രതീക്ഷാ നിര്ഭരരായി ഇന്ത്യന് സമൂഹം കുടുംബാംഗങ്ങള്ക്കു വേണ്ടി കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നു.
Press release from the California Highway Patrol
On April 10, 2018, the Garberville CHP established an joint incident command with Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Cal-Fire, Leggett Volunteer Fire, Piercy Volunteer Fire and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue to organize continuous search efforts for the missing vehicle and occupants.
All available resources are being utilized by searching personnel. Through the collaborated efforts of all the involved agencies we are working to resolve this incident as quickly and safely as possible. Rescue personnel will be searching the immediate and surrounding areas and constantly evaluating the condition of the river and the weather during the search efforts.
On April 6, 2018, at approximately 1310 hours, Humboldt Communications Center (HCC) received a report of a vehicle over the side of a steep embankment on US-101, south of Dora Creek in Northern Mendocino County. Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, the involved vehicle was completely submerged in the Eel River. The California Highway Patrol, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Piercy Volunteer Fire, and Leggett Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene to assist, however due to the strong river current, and the poor clarity, the vehicle was unable to be located. CHP and emergency personnel have continuously searched and monitored the river in attempts to locate the vehicle. CHP has also utilized its helicopter in attempts to locate the vehicle.
This incident remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP Office.
A search is underway just north of Leggett for an SUV that was swept away with its occupants in flood waters Friday, which matches the description of the SUV driven by a Valencia family missing since Thursday.
Two adults and two children of the Thottappilly family were on their way from Portland, Oregon, in a maroon Honda Pilot to San Jose, where they suddenly stopped communicating with family in Valencia.
“On Friday, April 6, we received reports of a traffic collision of a vehicle into the Eel River,” California Highway Patrol Officer William Wunderlich told The Signal Tuesday morning.
The incident happened on US Highway 101 at the Eel River, near mile post marker 95, he said, a couple of miles north of Leggett.
“The vehicle was completely submerged in the river due to the heavy rain,” he said. “We are working on finding the vehicle but we are not able to locate it.
“Based on our preliminary investigation and witness statements, we believe the vehicle was a 2016 or 2017 Honda Pilot maroon in color.
“This vehicle and the missing person’s vehicle are similar but, at this time, we are unable to confirm its the same vehicle,” Wunderlich said.
“We have personnel at the scene searching, as well as CalFire Rescue crews searching so we are constantly evaluating the situation,” he said.
“We’re searching a broad area but because of the moving river it’s a difficult search.”
San Jose police officers, meanwhile, are trying to locate the missing Santa Clarita Valley family reported missing Sunday, officials said Tuesday.
A relative of the Thottapilly family who lives in the San Jose area reached out to police officers over the weekend regarding the family of four, whom were expected to be at the relative’s house Friday.
When the Thottapilly family — Sandeep, 42, father; Soumya, 38, mother; Siddhant, 12, their son; and 9-year-old Saachi, their daughter — never showed up, the relative became concerned and contacted San Jose Police Department.
“They were supposed to stop here (in San Jose) on Friday, which would have been the 6th,” said Officer Gina Tepoorten with the San Jose Police Department. “The last time they spoke with the family was on Thursday,” the officer said.
“I can tell you for our city, we haven’t received anything that matches their vehicle description as far as accidents or anything like that.”
The drive from Portland, where the family was last reported to be, to San Jose, where they were expected, as about a 10-hour road trip, according to Teeporten.
Saachi attends Meadows Elementary School while her brother, “Sid,” graduated from Meadows last year.
Administrators at Meadows were notified Monday of Saachi’s absence.
The “Missing” poster place on Facebook includes a phone number for people to call with information, and described the family’s car as a Honda Pilot.