Six days under snow, soldier survives Siachen avalanche

Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa was buried under 25 feet of snow; five bodies recovered so far.

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: February 9, 2016 7:04 am
siachen alive soldier, Siachen avalanche, siachen glacier, siachen, army in avalanche, indian army, indian army in siachen, jammu and kashmir, soldiers, kashmir avalanche, landslide in Kashmir, 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)

An Army jawan, who was buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier, was Monday miraculously found alive in a critical condition after six days of rescue efforts.

“It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning,” Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told PTI.

He said, “Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified. All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us.”

He hoped that Thappa, who hails form Karnataka, will beat the odds and recover.

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A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

In the ongoing operation, the rescue teams have had to cut through up to 40 feet of ice at multiple locations after probable locations of the accident were identified by using specialised equipment, an Udhampur-based Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel S D Goswami had revealed earlier.

The operation has been hampered by frequent snow blizzards, extreme freezing temperatures and low visibility apart from the effects of rarefied atmosphere at such high altitude.

The Army had earlier hinted that all the soldiers might be dead saying that “chances of finding any survivors are very remote” as temperatures range from a minimum of minus 42 degrees during night to maximum of minus 25 degrees during the day in the glaciated area.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Bob Coleman
    Feb 10, 2016 at 9:45 am
    Very happy your soldier was found alive. Wish him a speedy and excellent recovery.
    1. A
      Feb 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm
      IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
      1. G
        Feb 9, 2016 at 11:38 am
        Salute the ' Never say Die' spirit of the Indian Armed Forces
        1. P
          Feb 9, 2016 at 4:29 am
          Is there any way to find out the names of the dead soldiers.Please let me know
          1. P
            Feb 9, 2016 at 2:51 am
            Salute the real heroes of our motherland India, salute and bow for such great souls and their courageous parents who have to go through so much. Please request Mr Modi, our Defense Minister to help these brave hearts families . Indians stop worshipping these useless traitors from bollywood don't shame India, they are living off our money like corrupt politicians and defaming by calling India intolerant shameless sons of satans.
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