Soldier rescued from Siachen avalanche dies, search on for missing one

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Jammu, March 25 (IANS) A soldier rescued from the Siachen glacier avalanche succumbed to his injuries on Friday as the search for his missing colleague continued despite inclement weather.

An Army patrol party was hit by an avalanche in Turtuk area, west of the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning.

Two soldiers were swept away by the avalanche and one of them was rescued in a critical condition while the other went missing.

Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of the army’s Udhampur headquartered northern command told IANS on Friday evening here: “Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was earlier rescued from an avalanche in Turtuk Sector that hit an army patrol today (Friday) morning has succumbed to his injuries.

“The soldier, who was immediately retrieved and evacuated to the nearest medical facility could not be revived by the medical team.

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“Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang was a resident of Lopshu village in Darjeeling tehsil of West Bengal state.

“Meanwhile, massive efforts are currently on to rescue the other jawan inspite of inclement weather in the area.

Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command, expressed his deep condolences to the family of Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang.

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