Kullu flash floods: IAF chopper rescues stranded people
Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted two daring operations in the past two days and rescued 21 people marooned at different places in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh due to floods caused by heavy rainfall.
The Defence Ministry in a press release said that, at around 1430 hrs yesterday, Air Force Station Sarsawa received a request from Himachal Pradesh government for the rescue of marooned people following incessant rains.
The Beas river had swelled and the people were stranded in the small islets formed in the river. One MLH class helicopter was launched from the Mighty Armour unit of Western Air Command, based at Sarsawa.
The helicopter was piloted by Squadron Leader Vipul Gupta with Sqn Ldr Dhiman as the co-pilot. The helicopter reached the spot and found 19 people stranded on an islet on the swelling Beas river.
The pilot brought the helicopter to a low hover and the crew helped the stranded people into the aircraft. They were then flown to the local airfield of Bhuntar.
Today, two youth were spotted on another small strip of land in the river. The helicopter, which was available at Bhuntar reached the spot and winched them up since there was no place for it to land.
The helicopter and its crew have been instructed to wait at Bhuntar airstrip for any other rescue effort, the release added.
“Today restricted space, high winds speed, High tension cables and tall trees precluded the chance of landing hence we had to winch the two people. All the rescued were reported to be safe and fine. We are on standby for any further requirements” said Squadron Leader Vipul Gupta.
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