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IAF Evacuates Six ITBP Troops Close to China Border

Published: 17th October 2014 01:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2014 01:32 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:  Indian Air Force has rescued six jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police(ITBP), who met in an accident during patrol on Indo-China border in Ladakh. Leh based helicopter squadrons of IAF received a distress call that, vehicle carrying a ITBP patrol of 15 troops met with an accident at barely 200 meters from the Line of Actrol. In accident, six ITBP jawans sustained critical injuries; fractured arms, pelvis, legs, serious injuries to head and the spine and broken jaws, according to IAF.

IAF said that the casualties required immediate medical intervention and the only mode of rescue available in this unforgiving terrain and remote region is by helicopters of the Indian Air Force at Leh i.e “Siachen Pioneers’, helicopter unit of IAF that carries out extensive operations in the entire Ladakh region especially the ‘Siachen Glacier’.

“Despite in hostile weather condition, IAF crew carried out evacuation from the accident site brought all injured to Leh military base for medical aid,”said an IAF officer.

Siachen Pioneers squadron of IAF has so far rescued 6300 lives while operation in tough weather conditions in the area.

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