Andaman Islands: 3 IAF helicopters, 6 Navy and 2 Coast Guard ships on rescue mission
Three Indian Air Force helicopters along with six ships of the Indian Navy and two Indian Coast Guard ships have been pressed into service to evacuate about 800 tourists from Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands.
17 people have been rescued in the first shuttle made by IAF’s three Mi 17 V5 transport helicopters.
Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships sailed out at 9.30 am from Port Blair for rescue operations. Nearly 500 tourists are stranded in Havelock and 450 in Neil Island.
The sudden evacuation mission was initiated at the request of the Andaman and Nicobar disaster management which speculates that a “cyclonic storm” might struck Havelock, an island about 36 km from capital Port Blair.
The Navy on Wednesday made its first attempt to rescue the tourists stranded in Havelock.
However, due to extreme weather conditions, the tourists could not reach the jetty to board the ships.
Four navy ships had to return in a failed rescue attempt, the officials from A&N Disaster Management informed.