The unprecedented heavy downpour and flash flood in Kerala claimed hundreds of lives and has caused a massive damage to the infrastructure of the state. During this catastrophic disaster, people from all walks of life helped and cared for one another in sensational ways. The rescue personnel stepped up and played the quintessential role in carrying out ‘rescue’and ‘relief’ operations.
The constant efforts by rescue personnel came at the right place and at the right time and so they helped save many lives during the time of the disastrous Kerala floods. Let us take a moment and appreciate one such hero who kept on rescuing people without even caring about himself.
He is none other than the Captain P Rajkumar of Indian Navy. He displayed an extraordinary tale of heroics as he rescued 26 people with a Sea King 42B helicopter. He hogged the limelight when he was recently awarded Shaurya Chakra on the 2018 Independence Day.
Indian Navy’s Captain P Rajkumar was an active member of the rescue operations on navel helicopter Sea King 528 when Cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’ devastated southern coast in India in the previous year’s months of November and December, causing a massive destruction costing at least 218 people’s lives.
The Indian Navy Captain P Shivkumar with his crew jetted off to Trivandrum for the rescue and relief operations. He alone rescued up to 26 people with Sea King 42B helicopter in a difficult situation, drifting between trees & working beyond the call of duty. In addition to that, the brave navy officer also saved four survivors from the seas during the time of the search operations.