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
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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.

Read Also: 10 soldiers buried in avalanche in Siachen

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.
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      Amit
      Feb 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm
      IE pressutes not reporting Khujliwal Sarkar's Corruption sting by Congress.
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        Guri
        Feb 9, 2016 at 11:38 am
        Salute the ' Never say Die' spirit of the Indian Armed Forces
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          Preethi
          Feb 9, 2016 at 4:29 am
          Is there any way to find out the names of the dead soldiers.Please let me know
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            Pat
            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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              Pat
              Feb 9, 2016 at 2:55 am
              Stop watching srk, amir, khan films, they are villains anti nationals of India, the real heroes are the soldiers of Bharat, give your movie money to these army defense soldiers, true heroes of our soil.
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                Raj
                Feb 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm
                Prayers for Thappa's recovery. Please God please.
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                  disgusted
                  Feb 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm
                  Keeping my fingers crossed...
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                    dv1936
                    Feb 8, 2016 at 11:16 pm
                    Let us pray for his full recovery. We should also thank those brave soldiers who worked under very harsh conditions to save this precious life
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                      ah
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 2:48 am
                      Great news ...............
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                        Naveen
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 3:45 am
                        I think the media should know to write the name of the soldier the soldier name is hanamantappa not Mr.Thappa
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                          KAmarnathr KR
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 1:06 am
                          It is not Hanaman Thappa! It is thappa. There are no native Thapa's in Karnataka
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                            ashok
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 3:32 am
                            We bow to God and to this brave soldier.
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                              madan gupta
                              Feb 9, 2016 at 12:27 am
                              जवान को बचाया जाये. अब राहुल वहां जायेगा. यह ाई खाने वाला लीडर है.
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                                Pankaj#1
                                Feb 8, 2016 at 9:39 pm
                                Great. Viva Indian Republic.
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                                  P
                                  Feb 9, 2016 at 6:55 am
                                  Indeed a miracle that lance naik thappa was saved by the grace of god. It may be recalled that prior to open heart surgery, freezing anesthesia technique was developed from such an incident. A US women in the influence of alcohol was buried in ice for a number of days and after recovering the body while taken to funeral slight sign of revival was noticed and the person could be saved. When all biological functions are simultaneously reduced due to freezing oxygen intake reduced with minimal circulation.
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                                    Thinker
                                    Feb 9, 2016 at 7:17 am
                                    (1) Subedar Nagesha TT r/o vill Tejur, Han Dist, Karnataka. (2) Havildar Elumalai M r/o vill Dukkam Parai, Vellore Dist, Tamil Nadu. (3) Lance Havildar S Kumar r/o vill Kumanan Thozhu, Teni Dist, Tamil Nadu. (4) Lance Naik Sudheesh B r/o vill Monroethuruth, Kollam Dist, Kerala. (5) Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad r/o vill Betadur , Dharwad Dist, Karnataka. (6) Sepoy Mahesha PN r/o vill HD Kote, Mysore Dist, Karnataka. (7) Sepoy Ganesan G r/o village Chokkathevan Patti, Madurai Dist, Tamil Nadu. (8) Sepoy Rama Moorthy N r/o vill Gudisatana Palli , Krishna Giri Dist, Tamil Nadu. (9) Sep Mustaq Ahmed S r/o vill Parnapalle, Kurnool Dist, Andhra Pradesh. (10) Sepoy Nursing istant Suryawanshi SV r/o village Maskarwadi, Satara Dist, Maharashtra This was the list released by the Govt a couple of days back. Of the Hanamanthappa has survived. This was the list released by the Govt. Derial
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                                      Thinker
                                      Feb 9, 2016 at 3:06 am
                                      No statements on this one from Rahul hi? Because the Army has soldiers from all sections of society, including Dalits but once they wear the uniform, they are Indians. Proud to be an Armyman. Proud to be an Indian. Jai Hind ki Sena.
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                                        Sitaram
                                        Feb 9, 2016 at 1:48 am
                                        Great rescue - may Hanaman Thapa recover soon. Unfortunate loss of the other brave men - nation is obliged to them.
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                                          rohit shah
                                          Feb 10, 2016 at 1:43 am
                                          The real fact is the soldier in siachin are paid ONLY Rs 100 per month at -45 degree to keep us secure. The soldier live away from they family . But our MP are given them selves a rise of 2.5 lacs. Its time we post the MP to live and see the horrible conditons the soldier are living in. The place is made of Fibre gl its a disgrace .I wonder what sort of heating is proving in such inhuman condition. I have live in places were temp is around -30 to -49 . Wonder the soldiers are given propert clothing and food. JAI JAWAN JAI MAHATMA HIJI
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                                            ksmat
                                            Feb 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm
                                            Great news. Let us hope he recovers fully. A miracle!
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