A medical evacuation was undertaken by Southern Naval Command (SNC) by using helicopter from a merchant vessel off Kochi. On 5 August 2020, SNC received an input regarding injury to Rajpal Singh Sandhu native of Amritsar the Captain of merchant vessel MV Vishva Prerna. The Captain was reported to have suffered a severe leg injury necessitating an immediate rescue off Kochi.
A Sea King helicopter was launched from INS Garuda at short notice for casualty evacuation (CASEVAC). Heavy sea state resulted in the ship rolling excessively the pilots of the helicopter displaying tremendous skill and professionalism successfully overcame the challenges posed by the unfavourable conditions and ensured the safe evacuation of the patient.
The casualty was brought to INS Garuda post evacuation, from where he was transferred to Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi for further medical assistance adhering to all Covid-19 protocols.