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    Kandahar Air Wing Rescues a Pair of Flood Victims

    Kandahar Air Wing Rescues a Pair of Flood Victims

    Photo By Capt. Robert Leese | Two stranded men were safely rescued from flash flood and returned to Kandahar March 1.... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Robert Leese 

    438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Kandahar Air Wing aircrew flying a Afghan Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter rescued two Afghan men after their truck was stranded due to flash flooding on March 1.

    Maj. Gen. Sherzai, the commander of the KAW received an emergency call from the Kandahar province deputy governor requesting assistance to rescue the two stranded men. Within 30 minutes, an Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter launched to assess the situation and attempt the rescue.

    When they arrive on the scene, the aircrew determined that a safe approach and rescue could be made from a hovering onload.

    The Mi-17 helicopter hovered near the flooded truck where the men huddled on the top of the roof of the truck and they were quickly pulled aboard.

    The Mi-17 helicopter returned to the Kandahar air base and the men were allowed to return home. The dry river bed flooded overnight due to heavy rains, stranding the truck and its two occupants in the middle of the flood water.

    For three hours, the two men, Hamidullah and Rostam prayed for a rescue as the water rose to well over 9 feet deep. The answer to their prayers came in the form of the AAF.

    The rescue occurred in clear view of several hundred local Afghans who gathered to watch as well as Afghan media proving to everyone in attendance that the Afghan government and the AAF could handle the situation.



    Date Taken: 03.01.2011
    Date Posted: 03.04.2011 07:39
    Story ID: 66467

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