Monday, August 01, 2005

Bring in the Boats

Rediff reports that the Navy has been brought in to Borivali and Santa Cruz to evacuate stranded people:
"Naval personnel, including divers, reached both the areas with Gemini inflatable boats to bring out people to safety.Speaking to, Captain Abhay Lambhate, chief public relations officer of the ministry of defence, said, "In all we have given 11 diving teams to the Mumbai police and they are working under the leadership of Police Commissioner A N Roy. At present two teams have gone to Borivali and Air India Colony. The other teams are ready to carry out any emergency task that may be required."
And here's the story of footballer Neil Gaikwad, who used his skills to save lives.
"First I was directing vehicles and people to avoid the ditch. But as the level started rising, everyone panicked. I took a fibre thermocol board, which is used by goalkeepers for practice. I made two people from the top of the bus sit on that and pushed them to the first floor of building No 10. My friends helped them to climb up," Neil recounts.