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Indian falls from helicopter as 3 die in doomed rescue

Harrowing video footage captured the moment a man fell from an army helicopter in India – one of three who fell to his death during the doomed rescue of tourists stuck in cable cars for up to 46 hours.

Footage showed the man swinging wildly as he was hoisted to one of the rescue helicopters above Trikut Hill, where about 60 people were trapped, The Tribune India said.

People on the ground clapped and cheered as he made it to the helicopter – only to gasp in horror as he suddenly fell away.

He was among three people who fell to their deaths, officials told local media, while 12 others were hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

The fatal falls involved two unidentified tourists and a 60-year-old woman, Shobha Devi, who “fell from the helicopter” while attempting to rescue the final 15 people who remained trapped until late Tuesday, local officials said.

At least were injured after jumping out of the trapped cars, local reports said.

The army released additional footage showing some of those successfully rescued – including a frightened elderly woman – being pulled onto the helicopters.

Footage captured the moment a man fell from an army helicopter in India - one of three who fell to his death during the mission to rescue a group of tourists stuck in cable cars for up to 46 hours.
Footage captured the moment a man fell from an army helicopter in India – one of three who fell to his death during the mission to rescue a group of tourists stuck in cable cars for up to 46 hours.
JamPress
Local officials ordered an urgent investigation into why the cable car stopped working.
Local officials ordered an urgent investigation into why the cable car stopped working.
JamPress
A person is dragged to a helicopter by Indian Air Force personnel during a rescue operation.
A person is dragged to a helicopter by Indian Air Force personnel during a rescue operation.
Indian Air Force/Handout via REUTERS
The fatal falls involved two unidentified tourists and a 60-year-old woman.
The fatal falls involved two unidentified tourists and a 60-year-old woman.
Indian Air Force/Handout via REUTERS
The army released other footage showing some of those successfully rescued - including a frightened elderly woman - being pulled onto the helicopters.
The army released additional footage showing some of those successfully rescued – including a frightened elderly woman – being pulled onto the helicopters.
JamPress
A rescuer carries a child to a helicopter during a rescue operation after a mid-air collision involving two cable cars on Sunday trapped nearly 50 people in a dozen cars.
A rescuer carries a child to a helicopter during a rescue operation after a mid-air collision involving two cable cars on Sunday trapped nearly 50 people in a dozen cars.
Indian Air Force/Handout via REUTERS
Police say several were injured after jumping from the trapped cars.
Police say several were injured after jumping from the trapped cars.
Indian Air Force/Handout via REUTERS
Indian Air Force personnel conduct an airborne rescue mission after the cable car collision on Sunday in Deoghar district of India.
Indian Air Force personnel conduct an airborne rescue mission after the cable car collision on Sunday in Deoghar district of India.
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Local officials ordered an urgent investigation into why the cable car stopped working, trapping dozens in the more than 2,500-foot-long network in the nearly 1,300-foot mountains.

Noting that the site is also “a world-renowned religious site”, Governor Ramesh Bais told The Tribune of the tragedy “very sad and painful”.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/indian-man-falls-from-helicopter-as-3-die-in-doomed-rescue/ Indian falls from helicopter as 3 die in doomed rescue

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