Siachen snow took nearly 10 lives and did make an impact on the pathetic position of the soldiers on the border front of our country facing the snow fall. It was surprising to see that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad survived the avalanche for six days. Buried under 35 feet of snow, he did survive and no one believed in the beginning when he was dug out from the snow at a height of 20500 feet. The group was stationed there to send supplies to a higher base. It took hours of hard work to track him and then taking him out of the Siachen Glacier. The rescue team used shovels and chainsaws to cut through the ice as well as sniffer dogs and specialist radar to detect the soldiers. He passed away at 11:45 am at Indian Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in the national capital.
S. Abhishek Ramaswamy
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