Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad and nine of his colleagues were resting when a huge wall of ice came crashing down on their post on february 3. It all happened so quickly that none of the 10 had time to react. All of them were buried under 35 feet of snow at the Siachen glacier.
The Indian army and Indian Air Force launched massive but extremely difficult operation to locate the Indian post and pull out the buried soldiers. Chance of any of them surviving under the snow in Siachen’s extreme climate was dim, but one of them, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad’s indomitable spirit kept him alive for 5 days at minus 30 degrees celsius. It’s nothing short of a miracle, but it’s true.