ARMY troops on Monday recovered the body of a soldier who was among the ten buried alive under snow after their post was hit by an avalanche at Siachen on Wednesday, February 2.
“After intense and exhausting search operations which have entered the sixth day, the rescue parties have hit the camp site and recovered the mortal remains of one martyr,” said an Udhampur based Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel S D Goswami.
Pointing out that rescue efforts will continue till all the bodies of the soldiers are found. He said that a new camp has been established at the location to coordinate the rescue efforts and kep a vigil in the sensitive area.
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The rescue teams are cutting through up to 40 feet of ice at multiple locations where soldiers could be buried, he said, adding that probable locations have been identified by using specialised equipment which was inducted along with the rescue teams.
“Reports from the ground indicate the efforts are hampered by frequent snow blizzards, extreme freezing temperatures and low visibility apart from the effects of rarefied atmosphere in such high altitude,” the spokesperson said, adding that the teams are working round the clock and observing all precautions since the unstable ice and snow in the region could trigger fresh avalanches.
Ten soldiers deployed at a post on Siachen were hit by a massive avalanche on February 2. As the rescue operation entered the second day, the Army hinted at their being dead saying that “chances of finding any survivors are very remote” as the glaciated area’s temperature ranged from a minimum of minus 42 degree Celsius during night to maximum of minus 25 degrees celcius during the day