IAF MI-17 uses Bambi Bucket to douse ship’s fire

Issue: 7 / 2018

A Mi-17 V5 Helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was requisitioned on June 17, 2018 for dousing the flames on a merchant vessel MV SSL on the shores of Sunderbans. The Helicopter carried out Bambi Bucket operations and doused the fire on the ship with 15000 litres of water carried in six shuttles. The crew displayed great professionalism and dropped the water with pin-point accuracy over the exact location of fire and fully doused it within a short period of time. Earlier this ship was drifting and was anchored with the help of Naval commandos.