An Army commando of the rank of Captain drowned during an army exercise in Jodhpur’s Takhat Sagar Lake on Thursday. Captain Ankit Gupta, who was one of the four persons involved in the commando training exercise, drowned in the incident.
Four commandos of the 10 Para Special force (SF), as a part of para jumping training, jumped from the helicopter through a rope into the lake. Three of the commandos who had jumped in the lake came out, but Captain Gupta did not come out from the lake.
When the Army captain did not come out for long a massive search was launched in the lake area. Senior army officers reached Takhat Sagar lake and a massive search operation was launched in the lake.
Takhat Sagar water level was 46 feet
Takhat Sagar is the drinking water reservoir that caters to the need of Jodhpur city. The water reservoir is 61-feet deep, but its water level on Thursday was 46 feet.
The commandos were undergoing various training and para jumping from a helicopter was also part of the training. Para jumping is mandatory training for these commandos and the Indian Air Force helicopter is used for the para drop. Para drop training is done on various surfaces including water.
These commandos are trained for the jungle, desert and other warfare. Only strong and physically fit jawans are chosen for the commando training. There are 3,000 commandos in the Indian army, who are trained for three-years.
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