The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully completed a challenging rescue operation in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, where 41 workers were trapped in the partially collapsed Silkyara tunnel. After a grueling 17-day ordeal, all of the trapped individuals were safely extracted and are now set to be airlifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Dehradun for further medical assessments.
The Role of Heavy-Lift Chinook Helicopters
The IAF deployed the twin-rotor heavy lift Chinook helicopter, a strategic aircraft used for rescue operations, on standby at Chinyalisaur's airstrip in Uttarakhand. This massive helicopter can transport up to 44 troops or 24 stretchers in a single sortie, making it the ideal choice for this kind of operation. The Chinook's past humanitarian missions have proven its capacity to handle complex rescue scenarios.
Rescue Operation Details
The rescue operation required a meticulous approach, including drilling through the collapsed tunnel debris and setting up medical facilities inside the tunnel. As the operation reached its final stage on Tuesday, the evacuation of the trapped workers began. The operation's success is a testament to the skill and dedication of the rescue teams involved.
Next Steps for the Rescued Workers
Following their extraction, the workers received immediate medical attention. Now, they are expected to be transported to AIIMS Dehradun, one of India's leading medical institutions. While the exact reasons for the airlift are not specified, the involvement of AIIMS suggests serious medical attention or support could be needed.