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The 37-year-old flight Sergeant Y.M.S Yaparathna of the Sri Lanka Air Force, who died from injuries sustained while conducting a rescue operation at Neluwa in Galle, was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer by the Air Force Commander today.

Fire fighter Yaparathna (24612) fell from a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation in Neluwa Friday morning. He was a resident of Kotugoda.

He was admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where he passed away from abdominal injuries sustained in the fall.

Two individuals, who were being rescued, were also injured when they fell from the Mi17 helicopter.
SLAF deployed 2MI 17s, 3 Bell 121s and a Bell 412 helicopter for rescue operations on Friday. Yaparathna's funeral was held at his resident at Kotugoda today. Air force Commander Air Marshal Kapila Jayampatthi paid last respect to Yaparathna. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

(Pix by Pradeep Pathirana)

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  • nick Sunday, 28 May 2017 02:27 PM

    he should be given the highest compensation as his family lost him while he was saving a another family members government must take full responsible for his children well being... via DM Android App

    Srinath Sunday, 28 May 2017 02:36 PM

    for ppl who dont know about this promotion- this is the tradition in the forces. when a soldier dies in operation he get promoted to the next level via DM iOS App

    chick fan Sunday, 28 May 2017 03:12 PM

    Ive got sound comprehension about above mentioned forces promotion process since my brother also was promoted after he died during an operation in last cursed war period. via DM Android App

    Dee Sunday, 28 May 2017 03:31 PM

    Military protocall will take care. Don't drag in govt to this. If so there will be no 'govt' after 2009.

    ahamed from doha qatar Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:04 PM

    We salute him.He is our true son of mother Lanka.

    sam Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:29 PM

    Promoting him only not enough. Make sure the relevant authority pay compensation to his family as he died on duty. May his soul Rest In Peace via DM iOS App

    Justica USA... Sunday, 28 May 2017 05:06 PM

    he died while in duty...that too trying to rescue HUMAN BEINGS....unlike our politicos whole are a babe to the country...Id say...sacrifice 2 cars from the MPs gifts b put that to a FD for the benefit if his family....if he has kids.. care for their well being until they can stand on their own feet. even educating them until their highest qualifications...whether it be a PhD. I salute u sir...for putting ur life on line... via DM Android App

    mohamed Sunday, 28 May 2017 05:40 PM

    these are the real sri lankansmay god give patience to his family and make them live happily ever after

    ceylon Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:19 PM

    usuall srilankan tradition.promoting after death. via DM Android App

    ari Sunday, 28 May 2017 06:50 PM

    Putha , thank you for all your dedication to duty. May you attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana.

    Rabbit Sunday, 28 May 2017 10:03 PM

    Where was his harness, it should have been worn all times by the crew in rescues. That could have saved his life!

    ghaffa Sunday, 28 May 2017 10:05 PM

    hero Airman

    dave Monday, 29 May 2017 08:08 PM

    the nation salutes you sir!! but.. now why have you taken the Mi 17 with you??

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