Laggala rock-slide: Rescue effort ends in tragedy

Laggala rock-slide: Rescue effort ends in tragedy

Laggala rock-slide: Rescue effort ends in tragedy

Written by Lahiru Fernando

26 Feb, 2017 | 3:57 pm

Laggala, February 26:  Lorries were being loaded with rocks removed from the the Laggala-Kalu Ganga Water Project (parallel to the Moragahakanda project).

During the operation and ongoing excavations, a rock-slide fell upon the workers.- Injuring two workers, trapping one between the rocks and taking the life of another.

The rescue

What followed was an eight-hour rescue operation to save the life of the trapped individual. He was a technician who had been repairing a faulty backhoe at the time.

The rescue operation comprised of four Sri Lanka Army Commando teams. One of the teams were led by Major General Shavendra Silva. The teams of 30 Commandos were dispatched from Ganemulla to Laggala via MI 17 helicopters.

According to our correspondent Pradeep Gunawardena, the rescue teams were assisted by the police and workers at the site of the project.

Also included in the rescue effort were medical teams. The medics took immediate steps to artificially provide air to the trapped technician.

M.M.S.P Malwatte, the trapped technician was pulled out from underneath the rocks and earth after eight long hours. But the exhilaration was short-lived.

The technician passed away while receiving treatment in hospital.

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