It was around 3.30 am that the rescue team suddenly heard a cry for help. Halting the ongoing debris-clearing operation,the team swung into action to establish communication with a victim trapped in the debris.
Almost 12 hours later,the 48-year-old victim identified as Chandrashekhar Jadhav was rescued from the debris. Jadhav is employed with BMC as a guard.
We first heard him calling out to us at 3.30 am and after establishing communication,found that he was pinned to the ground by a beam that had fallen on his feet, said Alok Avasthy,Commandant,Fifth Battalion,NDRF.
Once we spotted him,rescue workers manually extricated him. The beam could not be lifted with a crane because there was debris blocking it. Though otherwise he is fine,the beam crushed his leg, Avasthy added.
Jadhav has been admitted to J J Hospital.
To rescue Jadhav from under the debris,the team halted the debris-clearing operation for almost 12 hours.
As most of the debris have been removed,we should be able to locate the missing quickly. For 12 hours on Saturday,we had to proceed slowly. However,that wont be a hindrance in rescuing others who might be trapped, he said.
The rescue operations at Dockyard Road are nearing an end a day after the four-storey Babu Genu Market building collapsed,sources in the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said. The NDRF,the Mumbai Fire Brigade and the BMC,who are conducting the rescue operations,have cleared most of debris and estimate that eight or nine are still missing. Of the 87 people recovered from the wreckage,54 are dead and 33 injured.
In a few hours,we should be able to locate those missing and call off the operation, said Avasthy.