Army officer dies in avalanche at Siachen

While 15 other soldiers were rescued, Captain Ashwini Kumar couldn’t be saved

An Army Captain lost his life while 15 other soldiers were rescued after an avalanche struck a patrol party in Siachen Glacier in Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

“A patrol party of the Army came under an avalanche in southern area of Siachen glacier yesterday,” said Colonel SD Goswamim, Udhampur-based defence spokesman.

A rescue operation was launched immediately and 15 soldiers were saved, he said. Regimental Medical Officer Captain Ashwini Kumar could not be saved and his body was retrieved from under the avalanche, he said.

Captain Kumar, from 3 Ladakh Scouts, was a bachelor and hailed from Patiala in Punjab. General Officer Commanding of the Army’s Northern Command Lt General DS Hooda has expressed grief over the loss of the officer, he said. The spokesman said the Army commander has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.

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