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Dec 12 2016 (09:18)  3 firemen on `kite rescue' mission land up in ICU (
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Three firemen sustained severe burn injuries while they were trying to rescue a kite that had been caught up in overhead railway wires near Mahalaxmi on Saturday night.
The trio from Byculla fire station--Sanjay Kalbhere, Dinesh Sabankar and Rajendra Bhojane--came in contact with high-tension wires due to which they sustained burns to the face and hands. They have been admitted to the National Burns Centre in Airoli.
Around 9pm, the firemen were trying to extricate the bird with a stick. Chief fire officer PS Rahangdale said that the firemen suffered burns while trying
to pull the bird out. Local residents admitted the kite to the veterinary hospital in Parel on Sunday evening. “The firemen were rescuing the bird with a stick that has an iron hook at one end. Had the firemen been about two metres away from the wire, they would have not suffered burns,“ said Rahangdale.
Deputy commissioner of police Pravin Padwal said that the firemen suffered burns when their rescue equipment came in contact with the high-tension cable.
The firemen were initially taken to Wockhardt Hospital from where they were shifted to the burns care facility in Navi Mumbai around 4am on Sunday . Rahangdale said the three firemen have been admitted to the intensive care unit.
Dr S Keswani of the burns hospital said that fireman Bhojane has sustained more than 50% burn injuries while the other two suffered less than 30% burns. “The firemen also sustained inhalation burns. In fact, Bhojane needed a tracheotomy to ensure he could breathe well,“ said the plastic surgeon.
The firemen are conscious and their condition is stable. While Bhojane might require hospitalization for more than a month, Kalbhere and Sabankar could be discharged in three weeks. “As the wounds clear up, we will be able to assess how much surgery each needs,“ he said.
The fire brigade has ordered a probe into the incident.
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