Miraculous survival of a soldier who got buried under the ice

Siachen Glacier
India
February 10, 2016 1:08pm CST
Naik Hanamanthapapa, a soldier of the Indian Army, who was rescued six days after an avalanche attack on an Indian Army base in Siachen, was later flown to Army Research And Referal Hospital in New Delhi. He miraculously survived for six days having been buried beneath a Himalayan avalanche which was huge as per the reports. He continues his battle to survive even now in the hospital. He was one among the ten Indian soldiers who got buried under ice last week on the 19,000 feet high Siachen Glacier -- adjacent to the Line of Contol -- between India and Pakistan, which is also known as the world's highest battlefield. The other nine are declared dead while Hanamanthappa survives after becoming trapped in an air pocket. Hanamantahppa and his nine colleagues were resting when a huge wall of ice struck their post last Wednesday. As it was a sudden attack they couldn't escape. Avalanches and landslides are common in this region during winter and temperatures can drop below - 50 degree C. As per a report, around 8,000 troops have died on the Glacier point since 1984 due to avalanches, landslides, high altitude sickness or frostbite. Though there has been no fighting on Siachen Glacier since 2003 thousands of soldiers are positioned by both the countries. The Indian Army and Indian Air Force launched a massive and exuberant operation with sniffer dogs to locate the disappeared Indian post and pull out the buried soldiers -- under the adverse climatic condition with -- 45 degree C.The rescue team, using ice picks and the chain saws, penetrated the ice 35 feet down to locate the bodies of ten soldiers. On Monday night, they tactically pulled out Hanamanthapa who was in an intermittent consciousness. His lungs were also affected with pneumonia while his kidneys and liver were found dysfunction. Image credit: en.wikipedia.org
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@JudyEv (327428)
• Rockingham, Australia
11 Feb 16
The poor man sounds in a bad way. I do hope they are able to save him.
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• India
11 Feb 16
It's really pitiable. Unfortunately, he passed away this morning irrespective of the sincere efforts taken by expert doctors.
@JudyEv (327428)
• Rockingham, Australia
12 Feb 16
@vickyblogs That's very sad but at least he didn't die alone and under the snow.
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• India
13 Feb 16
@JudyEv Specialists tried their best to save him. Farewell was done, perhaps, with Military honour.
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@Marcyaz (35316)
• United States
10 Feb 16
What an awful experience to go through I hope he survives and is able to go on with his life.
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• India
11 Feb 16
I too wish that he should come back to the normalcy and enjoy rewards and other benefits in his life.