The NDRF official, Mahesh Nalawade’s (35) right hand was injured during rescue operations
Mumbai: Three rescue workers — two from the fire brigade and one from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) — were among the injured in the crash of Bhendi Bazaar’s six-storey Hussaini building on Thursday morning.
Fire Brigade officer Tatoba Patil (52) was operating a drilling machine during the rescue operation when a part of a pillar fell on him, resulting in head injuries.
Mr Patil, who has been admitted at ward number 18 at JJ Hospital said, “I was operating the drilling machine to rescue a person trapped inside the debris when a part of the pillar fell on me. I fell dizzy and fire brigade officials brought me to hospital. I am thankful to God for saving my life.”
Another fire brigade officer, Prashant Gajbhar (30) — who rescued four residents from the building along with his colleague Mr Patil — was also injured.
He said, “I was involved in rescue operations, when a beam fell on my chest and left hand. For a few seconds, I just did not know what was happening to me. I am in a
lot of pain. I have been feeling uneasy since morning.”
Dr Tatyarao Lahane, dean of JJ Hospital, said, “Patil has suffered chest trauma and left limb numbness. Gajbhar is suffering from chest tenderness and multiple chest abrasions. They’re recuperating.”
The NDRF official, Mahesh Nalawade’s (35) right hand was injured during rescue operations. He was admitted to the out-patient department of JJ Hospital and discharged by late evening on Thursday.