Following the incessant rains over the last 24 hours in Mumbai and adjoining areas, a request was received from Central Railways early morning today, July 27, 2019, for evacuation of passengers from Mahalaxmi Exp stranded near Badlapur due to waters on tracks from Ulhas River. Nine flood rescue teams from the Indian Navy including five Diving teams were mobilised with rescue material, Inflatable boats and life jackets. A Seaking Helicopter was also launched with Divers and Auto inflatable craft for deployment in the area as advance assessment party.
Despite the heavy rains, the rescue teams managed to reach the spot and immediately rendered assistance to the stranded passengers. The Seaking helicopter and IAF MI-17 helicopter provided aerial surveillance and supported the ground rescue teams in the rescue efforts. Alongwith the NDRF and state govt teams, the Navy teams successfully evacuated all the passengers to safety by the afternoon. The Western Naval Command was in constant touch with State Administration and continues to remain prepared to respond as required to provide necessary assistance.