Bengaluru, August 18
State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Tuesday stated its indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv and Chetak helicopters are being deployed for rescue and oil-spill clean-up operations at Mauritius Reef.
They have been pressed into service to rescue individuals and extricate skimmed oil from the Japanese owned cargo ship MV Wakashio, HAL stated in a launch.
The ship was on its approach from China to Brazil however ran aground on the reef at Pointe desny, Mauritius just lately.
Thanks to the Indian Air Force, Indian Coast Guards and Mauritius police, the helicopters flew continuous daybreak to nightfall until all of the survivors on board had been safely rescued, HAL stated.
A complete of 210 cargo operations and 270 winch operations had been undertaken by HAL choppers in the direction of salvage and rescue missions up to now.
The Chetak helicopters had been used primarily for winching survivors, it stated.
The ALHs flew steady missions to get the worldwide salvage workforce on-board the ship to comprise the spill, the discharge stated including the HAL made helicopters have flown until now 110 hrs and rescued 600 individuals from and to MV Wakasio.
“Time and once more the indigenous Dhruv helicopter has confirmed its capabilities.
Our helicopters had been also used for search and rescue operations prior to now as properly,” HAL CMD R Madhavan stated. PTI