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Siachen tragedy: Soldier from Karnataka found alive

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Jammu/Dharwad: One of the ten army soldiers buried alive under an avalanche in Siachen glacier area of Ladakh region has been rescued alive, the rest are confirmed dead.

“During the ongoing rescue operation at Siachen, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad from Betadur in Dharwad district in Karnataka was found alive, all the other soldiers are regrettably no more with us,” GOC northern command Lt General D.S.Hooda said in an official statement on Tuesday.

The medical condition of Hanamanthappa was said to be critical, but attempts were being made to evacuate him to the hospital.

“We hope the miracle continues. Pray with us,” Hooda added.

Ten soldiers were buried under tons of avalanche debris in Siachin glacier on February 3 after an avalanche hit their post.

Massive rescue operations had been going on by the army and the Air Force since then to trace the missing soldiers.

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