Airman, who fell off helicopter during rescue ops, dies

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A 37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, who had fallen off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation at the Neluwa area in Galle yesterday morning, passed away due to the abdominal injuries he sustained in the fall at around 8.30pm yesterday, hospital sources confirmed.

The airman and two individuals, who were being rescued, who were injured when they fell from a Mi17 helicopter in Neluwa, Galle yesterday morning, were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  • D V Samarasekera Saturday, 27 May 2017 10:21 AM

    We must all be eternally grateful to SLAF airman Y M S Yaparathna and those like him for risking their lives to come to the aid of those who are in danger due to all kinds of natural disasters. Sadly, we tend to forget their contributions as soon as the disaster is over; just like some of us have already forgotten those who risked their lives battling terrorism and making it safe for us to live today.

    Ajja Saturday, 27 May 2017 10:55 AM

    Mr.Air Chief,be prepared to unexpected and give your valuable boys expertise foreign training to avoid this kind of mishaps.What a crime to lose those valuable lives unnecessarily...

    sam Saturday, 27 May 2017 12:06 PM

    Thats his destiny. May his soul Rest In Peace. Hope his family gets compensation. via DM iOS App

    Leo Saturday, 27 May 2017 01:07 PM

    Arnt the airforce personnel given proper training. via DM Android App

    Muraly Saturday, 27 May 2017 01:16 PM

    Said story. RIP

    saman Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:03 PM

    Son , may you rest in peace.Your last act in life was doing a noble service to your fellow countrymen.

    Mohan Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:18 PM

    Should investigate the reason for the mishap and take measures to prevent it from happening againing.

    Ganesh Saturday, 27 May 2017 03:56 PM

    This could not have been due to lack of training as some genius think ,this was so risky task under tension with inclement weather , but his courage and bravery with dedication should be commemorated for ever .

    Dee Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:05 PM

    His sacrifice is an eye opener. He plunge into unknown territory. To save a life. May his bravery be rewarded. There are many others who will take this risk. Encourage them by way of proper training. Words alone won't bring victory. Please guide these brave men.

    ceylon Saturday, 27 May 2017 07:01 PM

    sorry to hear but it shows they are not properly trained. via DM Android App

    Agnes Sunday, 28 May 2017 07:15 AM

    You mean the weather gods?

    RW Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:08 AM

    he might not have been followed SLAF safety regulations. by not wearing safety belt via DM iOS App

    Riyazi Sunday, 28 May 2017 02:00 PM

    37 old guy for such operation..?doesn't SLAF have 20-25 age group guys..?SLAF using early 20s guys to Airport security..for these kind of operations using 37 old guys..37 years old wise guy is needed for the Airport security with his more than 15 years of experience..

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