Siachen Avalanche: Soldier Buried Under Snow for 6 Days Rescued Alive

Lance managed to stay alive for six days in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees, rescue personnel on ground still find it hard to believe.

Published: 09th February 2016 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2016 07:41 AM   |  A+A-


Operations by the specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force in progress to rescue the soldiers hit by an avalanche in Siachen on Thursday. Ten soldiers of an Army Post located were hit by a massive avalanche in the early hours of Wednesday. | PTI

With their spirits raised after pulling out one of the soldiers, Lance Naik Hanananthappa with pulse but critical, who was assumed dead or at least should have been, rescue personnel call it a miracle.

Lance, resident of Dharwad district in Karnataka was pulled out from under feet of snow on Monday night. However when personnel rescued the Jawan, reports indicated he was critical but his pulse raised spirits of the rescue personnel on site as they have been treadling through snow for days.

The soldier managed to stay alive for six days in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees, rescue personnel on ground still find it hard to believe.

Lance was rushed to a warm tent on site immediately after being rescued where medics attended to him.

Sources said, the soldier is critical and would be shifted to a hospital on Tuesday.

"We are trying our best to evacuate him as soon as possible to RnR hospital". an official said.

As rescue operations are underway to recover bodies of the ten security personnel who were buried under snow by the avalanche which hit a security post at 19000 feet in Northern Siachen, bodies of four soldiers have been pulled out till Monday.

Officials lauded the consistent efforts of the rescue personnel for conducting search operations despite extreme weather conditions including blizzards in an avalanche prone area.

Two dogs involved in the rescue operations lost their lives while undergoing the operations under such weather conditions on the glacier.


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