Body of second pilot recovered from Ranjit Sagar Lake

The body of the second pilot killed in a helicopter crash on August 3 was on Sunday recovered from the Ranjit Sagar Lake on the borders of J&K and Punjab, a defence statement said.

“Persistent efforts by Indian Army and Navy for 75 days which were going on day and night to recover the body of Captain Jayant Joshi, the second pilot of the helicopter which crashed in Ranjit Sagar Dam on August 3, 2021 have finally succeeded and the body has been recovered from the lake bed using hi-tech equipment.

“Due to the vast expanse and depth of the dam, the search and rescue team was using state of the art multi-beam sonar equipment to scan the lake bed and based on the inputs received, the remotely operated vehicle having robotic arm along with the professional divers were launched to search the area,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

It said that during similar search on Sunday, a body was detected at a depth of 65-70 metres and immediately, an operation was launched to recover it.

“The body after local medical examination was evacuated to Military Hospital Pathankot for further examination.

“Indian Armed Forces once again demonstrate its resolve towards its soldiers and took all possible actions to recover the body of Capt Jayant Joshi, a young pilot who made the supreme sacrifice in line of duty. Indian Army stands shoulder to shoulder with the family of Captain Jayant Joshi during this hour of grief,” the statement added.