Watch: IAF Mi-17 helicopter rescues man from ‘torrential flow’ of water at Bilaspur’s Khutaghat Dam
New Delhi, Aug 17: Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper rescued a man who was stuck at Khutaghat Dam near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh whole night. Due to heavy flow in the dam, IAF was requested to carry out a rescue operation.
The manhad jumped in the wastewater weir on the evening of August 16 but was unable to get out due to the heavy flow. He sat on a stone, holding onto a tree to save himself. After an arduous night, the IAF airlifted the man.
"Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper today rescued a man at Khutaghat Dam near Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. Due to heavy flow in the dam, IAF was requested to carry out a rescue operation," said Dipanshu Kabra, IG Bilaspur Range.
Incredible rescue operation by Indian Airforce at Khutaghat dam, Bilaspur.— BilaspurPolice (@PoliceBilaspur) August 17, 2020
Probably first such rescue ops by IAF in non-naxal area in Chhattisgarh.@IAF_MCC@CG_Police@ipskabra pic.twitter.com/cpthhKwWFN
The Indian Air Force deployed an Mi-17 helicopter to carry out the rescue opeation.
"Big Salute to Indian Airforce for launching rescue operation on our request in such adverse weather condition," Bilaspur Police said on Twitter.
Big Salute to Indian Airforce for launching rescue operation on our request in such adverse weather condition.— BilaspurPolice (@PoliceBilaspur) August 17, 2020
Applause for Bilaspur police, admn, sdrf, ntpc, secl, local public who kept on trying to rescue him thruout last night, and kept hope alive in him.
Ratanpur Khutaghat. pic.twitter.com/23zZQsyrCW
In a similar operation that happened around the same time last year, the IAF rescued nearly 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods due to heavy rainfall in Kutch district of Gujarat.