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Six days under snow, soldier survives Siachen avalanche


“An Army jawan was miraculously found alive six days after being buried under 25 feet of snow following the February 3 avalanche on the Siachen glacier”




However there is no hope for the other nine. While five bodies have been recovered remaining four have been located and efforts are on to retrieve them.

Army Commander Northern Command Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda said, “Lance Naik Hanamanthappa has been found alive. He is critical but all attempts are being made to evacuate him to RR hospital in the morning. We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us.”

The Army’s rescue parties were cutting through up to 30 feet of ice at multiple locations where the soldiers could probably be buried. “The probable locations are identified using specialised equipment,” said the spokesman.

Siachen: Operations by the specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force in progress to search for the bodies of the soldiers hit by an avalanche, in Siachen on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI2_8_2016_000220A)

On February 3, 10 soldiers, including a Junior Commissioned Officer, were hit by an avalanche at an altitude of 19,600 feet.

“The teams are working round the clock and observing all precautions since the unstable ice and snow in the region could trigger fresh avalanches. Rescue efforts will continue till all our soldiers are found,” said the spokesman. There was also the risk of fresh avalanches as the ice and snow in the region was unstable. Heave equipment and radars have been pressed into service in addition to rescue dogs.



Six days under snow, soldier survives Siachen avalanche