Dimitry Lobanov, a 33-year-old Russian tourist, fell into a deep snow-covered gorge in the Gulmarg area of Kashmir Valley this past Sunday.
He was trapped under the snow and was severely injured. But thanks to the laudable rescue operation by the Indian Army, he is now safe and is being treated by doctors.
“The rescue team had to wade through thick snow cover for six kilometres to reach the medical post where the individual was resuscitated and his medical condition stabilized by army doctors,” defence spokesman of Northern Command, Col S D Goswami, told PTI.
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Dimitry was skiing with five other people in Apharwat when he lost control and fell into the gorge. The group sent out a distress call and a team from Army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) went to his rescue.
After evacuating the tourist from Apharwat via Khilanmarg on a stretcher, the team brought him to the Army Medical Inspection Room at Gulmarg. The fall had caused multiple fractures and he is being treated.
In 1948, the Indian Army established a ski school in Gulmarg. It later became the High Altitude Warfare School – a training and research establishment of the Indian Army. It is the Army’s nodal agency for training in high altitude, mountain and snow warfare. According to reports, the school played a very important role during the 1999 Kargil conflict, when crash courses were conducted for the troops here. Troops for operations in the Siachen Glacier are also trained there.