New Delhi: Lance Naik Hanamanthappa who miraculously survived the avalanche that struck Siachen Glacier six days ago was flown to Delhi today morning and admitted to the Army Research and Referral (R&R) hospital.
According to officials, the army officer has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and will be undergoing preliminary medical examination.
Rescue teams who were at the spot from the past six days found the officer on Monday night. He was buried deep under the snow. The officer was first shifted to Thoise by helicopter and later flown to Delhi by an Air force plane.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa and nine others were part of the Madras regiment. The men were buried under twenty-five feet of snow after a major avalanche struck the glacier on Feb 3rd
“In the ongoing rescue operations at Siachen, of the 10 soldiers buried under ice Lance Naik Hanamanthappa has been found alive. We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us,” said Lt Gen DS Hooda, Northern Army commander
There was also the risk of fresh avalanches as the ice and snow in the region were unstable. Heavy equipment and radars have been pressed into service in addition to rescue dogs.
According to official sources, the glacier is prone to more avalanches, as the snow in the region is unstable. In addition to heavy equipment, rescue dogs have also been deployed.