Kashmir’s Sonamarg-based specially qualified mountaineers and rock climbers from High Altitude Warfare School will launch rescue operations to locate Polish trekker Richard Joseph Kher in ‘inaccessible gorge’ in Miyer Valley of Lahul in Himachal Pradesh.
Disclosing this here on Saturday morning, a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said that they “along with one officer, one junior commissioned officer and two jawans from the Rising Star Corps at Yol are being inducted into the rescue mission by helicopter.” Pointing out that army has been requisitioned to rescue the trekker, he said that “all-out efforts are bring made to retrieve him from the inaccessible gorge in Miyar Valley of Lahaul.”
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The local administration has sought out Army help after a team of mountaineers from Atal Behari Institute of Mountaineering, Manali, failed to get down into the gorge from the cliff to rescue the Polish trekker. An Indian Air Force chopper too had conducted recce of the area on Monday but owing to rugged terrain, it failed to send any help to the trapped trekker.
Richard had fallen down a cliff on the Miyar-Jaskal track, nearly 30 kms ahead of the last inhabited village Khanjar in Miyar Valley on August 29. He had arrived in Manali from Mumbai on August 5 and from there, accompanied by an NRI friend and two locals, had left for Udaipur.