Six days after an avalanche hit ten soldiers (one JCO and nine jawans of the 19th Madras battalion) at Siachen glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, an Army jawan was miraculously found alive under 25 feet of snow.
Rescue teams of Indian Army dug out Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa Koppad in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments, at an altitude of 19,600 feet on the Siachen Glacier. The ten soldiers who had gone missing after the ice fall on February 3 were presumed dead after the Army was not able to find them or their bodies after 24 hours of search.
Koppad is currently in critical condition but alive. He was brought to Delhi’s R&R Hospital for further treatment on February 9.
Koppad is a resident of Dharwad Dist, Karnataka, and was pulled out from under 25 feet of snow. He had no signs of life but a pulse.
While speaking about the rescue Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander said:
“It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning. five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified. All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us.”
Hooda hopes that despite being in critical condition, he will beat the odd and will recover soon.
Ten soldiers who are went missing on 3rd February are:
- Subedar Nagesha TT, resident of village Tejur; Hassan district Karnataka;
- Havaldar Elum alai M, resident of village Dukkam Parai, Vellore district, Tamil Nadu;
- Lance Havildar S. Kumar, resident of village Kumanan Thozhu, Teni district, Tamil Nadu;
- Lance Naik Sudheesh B, resident of village Monroethuruth, Kollam district, Kerala;
- Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, resident of village Betadur, Dharwad district, Karnataka;
- Sepoy Mahesha PN, resident of village HD Kote, Mysore district, Karnataka;
- Sepoy Ganesan G, resident of village Chokkathevan Patti, Madurai district, Tamil Nadu;
- Sepoy Rama Moorthy N, resident of village Gudisa tana Palli, Krishna Giri district, Tamil Nadu;
- Sepoy Mustaq Ahmed S, resident of village Parnapalle, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh;
- Sepoy Nursing Assistant Suryawanshi SV, resident of village Maskarwadi, Satara district, Maharashtra.
When Lance Naik Koppad’s family were informed about the news, overjoyed they visited the nearby temple to pray for his full recovery:
His wife also expressed her desire to meet her husband soon: After Lance Naik Koppad was transferred to Delhi’s R&R Hospital, Prime Minister Modi visited the hospital to get an update on him: R&R Hospital on Tuesday evening posted a bulletin with regards Lance Naik Koppad’s condition and said next 24-48 hours would be critical for him. They also said that he is currently comatose and has been put under ventilator to protect his airway and lungs.