The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) Saturday rescued a Hungarian national during a 30-hour-long joint search operation near Omacila pass at a height of 17,000 ft between the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, said official sources.
Identified as Akos Vermyes, 38, from Budapest, the Hungarian had lost his way in Umasila Pass in the Himalayas while trekking.
A party of 17 Rashtriya Rifles trekked to the upper reaches of Machhail from Dul in Kishtwar district and rescued the solo traveller. Aerial surveillance during the operation was provided by the Indian Air Force, said the sources.
The foreign trekker, who had lost his way while on a mountaineering expedition and was left exposed to inclement weather for five days, was examined by the doctors from the Army and the district hospital and provided immediate medical assistance.
Once Vermyes was stable, a video call was made to the Hungarian embassy by the Kishtwar deputy commissioner to inform about his well-being. The efforts of the Indian Army and the Air Force were appreciated by the Kishtwar district administration and the Hungarian embassy, said an official statement by Defence PRO Lt Colonel Devender Anand.