An army jawan who was buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier was miraculously found alive on Monday after six days of rescue efforts. His condition is critical.
"It was a miraculous rescue, and all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanumanthappa to the RR hospital in the morning," Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told PTI.
He said, "Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified. All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us."
He hoped that another miracle continues with Hanumanthappa, who hails from Karnataka.
A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.