After six days an army jawan miraculously rescued in Siachen
09 February 2016, Nirapad News: In a miraculous case, Army Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad was rescued alive from under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier.
The soldier had been buried since February 3 and was dug out by an Army team after six days of rescue efforts on the night of February 8.
However, the nine other soldiers of the same battalion buried under the avalanche have been declared dead.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa hails from Karnataka and is in critical condition.
Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander told agency that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa has been found alive. He said five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified.
All the other soldiers are regrettably no more with us Lieutenant General DS Hooda said, “In the ongoing rescue operation at Siachen, of the 10 soldiers buried under ice Lance Naik Hanamanthappa has been found alive.”
Last week, a Junior Commissioned Officer and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after a wall of ice — one kilometre wide and 600 metres high — came crashing down on their post.
The base was located on the Saltoro ridge in Siachen, at a height of 19,600 feet above the sea level and close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.
Since then, rescuers with dogs have been cutting through massive chunks of ice in temperatures between minus 42 and minus 25 degrees Celsius.
Besides the freezing temperature and the rarified air, the rescue teams also had to battle frequent blizzards and work through low visibility.
India had refused Pakistan’s help in the search, saying its own teams were in the area.
The Siachen Glacier, located at the northern tip of Kashmir, is the highest and coldest battlefield in the world. Till date, more soldiers have died because of the weather and terrain than as a consequence of the Indo-Pak standoff.
At least 869 officers and soldiers have been killed there since the mid-1980s