Gujarat: Coast Guard chopper rescues 28 people stranded on rooftop


Surat: About 28 others were rescued and 10 personnel  were trapped on a roof top, on Tuesday near Valsad due to high rise of water in Auranga river at 10.00 am. "At about 1000 hrs on August 2, 2016, Indian Coast Guard Air Station Daman received telephonic information from Valsad Administration regarding 10 persons trapped on a rooftop near Valsad due to high rise of water in Auranga river," an official statement said.

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It said the place was located about 13.5 NM (approximately 25 kms) from Coast Guard Air Station, Daman, about 175 Kms north of Mumbai. "On receipt of the information, the Air station acted promptly and Coast Guard Chetak helicopter was launched within 15 minutes.

"Braving strong wind and inclement weather, the pilots manoeuvred the helicopter safely, reached the site and identified the stranded people. The helicopter crew quickly assimilated the situation and also identified a safe location for shifting the stranded people," it said.

Later the Cost Guard found there were more people stranded and a total of 28 were rescued with assistance of divers and shifted to safe places. The operation to rescue more people from rooftop is still in progress.

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