|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 19: In a daring airlift rescue operation, a chopper of the Indian Air Force, on Monday, successfully rescued four persons stuck in the Tawi river in Jammu, two of them on an under-construction bridge. Dramatic visuals from Jammu showed four persons getting stuck in the Tawi river following a sudden increase in water level.
While two persons got stuck on the bridge and could be seen sitting on a raised concrete slab as the waters of Tawi in spate swirled past ferociously, the other two were seen trying to reach for safety in the flooded river. A chopper of the Indian Air Force was pressed into service to rescue the men stuck in the river. Visuals available from the site showed an IAF personnel being lowered from the chopper onto the concrete slab. Minutes later, the two stranded persons were winched on to a cable, airlifted at once from the flooded river and taken to a safe location. The chopper returned and the IAF man was also soon winched to safety. All four persons, who had got stuck, have been rescued.
Later, Sandeep Singh, IAF Chief Operations Officer, Jammu, was quoted as saying: "We received information at 12 noon that some people needed to be rescued. By 12:29 pm, the helicopter was here. Our Garud Commandos went down and put a hook on fishermen. Four people were rescued in a short span of time. The operation was successful."