WATCH | IAF commandos swing in air to rescue 4 fishermen stranded in Tawi river

The air force was called after state disaster response force and police personnel failed to reach the fishermen.

Published: 19th August 2019 04:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2019 10:40 AM   |  A+A-

A chopper of the Indian Air Force approaches to airlift two persons stuck on an under-construction bridge on the flooded Tawi River in Jammu Monday August 19 2019. | PTI

By Express News Service

JAMMU: Four fishermen were rescued by an IAF helicopter in a daring operation after they were stranded on an under-construction bridge at the swollen Tawi river in Jammu, officials said.

Two of the fishermen were stranded on a concrete platform near a pillar of the structure, which was being constructed to create an artificial lake known as the Tawi barrage project at Baghwati Nagar in the heart of the city, the officials said.

In a video of the rescue operation, a Garud commando can be seen rappelling down the chopper and landing on the concrete platform where the two fishermen were stranded.

The commando attached a harness to the two men, who were then airlifted.

Two others were holding on to a ladder attached to a pillar of the structure.

The well-coordinated operation saw some nervous moments when two of the fishermen fell into the water.

Luckily, both managed to swim to the corner, where they were subsequently rescued by the rescue personnel.

Jharkhand: Several areas flooded

Incessant rains on Saturday and Sunday inundated several parts of Jharkhand and hundreds of families living close to rivers in West Singhbum were shifted to safe places.

District administrations have directed officials to identify the households and provide all possible help.

Uttarakhand: 12 killed in rain-related events

The death toll in rain-related incidents in Mori block of Uttrakhand’s Uttarkashi district has risen to 12 with five people still missing.

Two more bodies were recovered on Monday from Makudi as search operations were intensified, Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal said. 

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