Blind Man is Indian Police Search and Recovery Expert

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Sundrarajan (38) has been blind from birth, 7th child of a family of 8 children born to a low income family from the town of Jalladampetta, he has always had to rely on his other senses to get by. Now, whenever the local police get a call for someone missing under water, Sundrarajan is the one they call on as their underwater operations expert.

Since 1992 Sundrarajan has so far retrieved 140 bodies and saved 2 lives, it usually takes him 10 minutes to retrieve a body. “I can hold my breath underwater for more than one minute, but it is not an easy job as many of the tanks and wells in and around this area are quite dirty and polluted.” says Sundrarajan, “Most people are afraid of diving into dirty water or are afraid of touching a dead body. I’m not afraid of water. I have no fear of diving in and searching for a body.”

“He uses his feet to ‘see’,” says a fire department officer. “He can dive into wells and tanks that are 60m deep and retrieve bodies. His sense of touch is so well-developed that he can even find chains or small coins on the bed of a water body.”

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published on May 13, 2011 by jason
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