Army assists evacuation of BSF personnel
Jammu, July 11: Heavy rains triggering flash floods in the Basantar River in Ramgarh Sub Sector of Samba district inundated large tracts of land including a BSF Border Out Post on Friday. The water level rising to a menacing 10 feet in the river and flooding the post, forced the BSF men to take shelter on the roof tops.
In a swift reaction to the situation and an urgent message from the BSF authorities, the Indian Army pressed into service two of its ALH Dhruv helicopters & ground columns along with a Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force, based at Jammu, for the rescue mission. The BSF personnel, along with heavy stores, were air lifted in a combined operation of Army Aviation and Indian Air Force and evacuated the BSF persons to safer places. One infantry company column was also kept standby for any further assistance in the effort throughout.
The rescue mission was carried out despite the severe adverse weather conditions threatening to hamper the entire operation. The operation was reflective of an excellent synergy between the Indian Army and Indian Air force.