Coast Guard rescues 28 in Gujarat

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 28 persons trapped on rooftops following rise of water level in Auranga river near Valsad in Gujarat, officials said.

A statement said that around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Indian Coast Guard Air Station in Daman received telephonic information regarding some persons trapped on rooftops.

The location was about 25 km from Coast Guard Air Station, Daman and about 175 km from Mumbai.

“After getting the information, the air station acted swiftly and a Coast Guard Chetak helicopter was launched for rescue work within 15 minutes. The pilots manoeuvred the helicopter safely, reached the site and identified the stranded personnel,” the statement said.

“The helicopter crew quickly assessed the situation and identified a safe location for shifting the stranded people. As many as 28 persons were winched up safely with assistance of the Coast Guard divers and shifted to safe location.”

The statement said the operation to rescue more people from rooftop was in progress due to continuing floods in the area.

–IANS

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