On August 3, an Army chopper with two people inside crashed into Ranjit Sagar Dam in Basholi area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district during a routine sortie. Now, 75 days later, the body of co-pilot Captain Jayant Joshi has been recovered from the water body in a joint operation by the Army and Navy.
The body of the other pilot, Lieutenant Colonel AS Bath, was recovered on August 15. On September 9, parts of the helicopter were found in a search operation by the Navy. Despite the use of specialized equipment, the mortal remains of Jayant Joshi remained untraceable until Sunday.
The body of Captain Jayant Joshi has been shifted to the military hospital in Punjab’s Pathankot.
Speaking to India Today from Pathankot, Captain Jayant Joshi’s father Harish said, “Our hope was running out with each passing day. We lost an Army officer son, but now we will be able to bid him a final farewell with respect. My son’s post mortem will be held tomorrow. After that, his body will be brought to Delhi for the last rites.”
HOW WAS THE BODY RECOVERED?
Due to the expanse and depth of Ranjit Sagar Dam, the search team used multi beam sonar equipment to scan the lake bed. Based on the inputs received, a remotely operated vehicle with a robotic arm, along with professional divers, was launched to search the area.
During a similar search on October 17, the body was detected at a depth of 65-70 metres and immediately the remotely operated vehicle was launched to recover the body.
The search operation was challenging due to the near-zero visibility in the dam as a result of the colloidal nature of its water.
(With inputs from Gagan Sethi)
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