Bodies of 3 Army Men Buried in Avalanche Recovered After 9 Months

New Delhi: The bodies of three of the four army personnel, who lost their lives during a mountaineering expedition in October 2023, were recovered. This mountaineering team was struck by an avalanche at a height of over 18,300 feet in Ladakh.

The bodies of Havildar Rohit Kumar, Havildar Thakur Bahadur Ale and Naik Gautam Rajbanshi were found buried under thick layers of ice and large volumes of snow.

The body of the other deceased mountaineer, Lance Naik Stanzin Targais was recovered after the incident.

A 38-member expedition team from the Gulmarg-based High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS), had set out to summit Mt. Kun in the Union Territory of Ladakh. The team hoped to conquer the peak by October 13. On October 8, while fixing ropes on a snow wall, the team was struck by a sudden avalanche. Four members were buried under the snow.

In the Army’s spirit of ‘Leaving No Man Behind’, a team of mountaineers of the HAWS undertook a mission to recover the mortal remains of their fallen comrades by Operation RTG (Rohit, Thakur, Gautam)”.

The rescue expedition consisted of 88 expert mountaineers.

Two helicopters were also placed on standby to transport the mortal remains and for evacuation of the rescue team, in case of need.

The bodies of the three personnel have been handed over to their families with “full military honours”.

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