New Delhi: The Indian Navy joined the Indian Air Force in the ongoing rescue operation to evacuate the 15 miners trapped inside the Meghalaya rat-hole mine. The agencies are racing against time to find the trapped miners alive.
The Indian Navy has deployed a 15-member diving team to assist in the rescue operation and the divers, who have been airlifted from Vishakhapatnam, will reach the site, on Saturday, with specialized diving equipment including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater.
Also, an Indian Air Force plane carrying high-power pumps and NDRF personnel took off from Odisha along with the Odisha Fire Services team, to help in the rescue effort.
The National Disaster Management Authority requested help from the Indian Air Force to airlift the rescuers. The team is carrying at least 20 high-power pumps, apart from other high-tech equipment and gadgets. The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules plane will land in Guwahati, from where the powerful pumps will be taken to Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills.