Uttarkashi avalanche: 8 more mountaineers rescued by ITBP

5 October, 2022 | Pragati Singh

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On Wednesday, eight additional mountaineers who were stranded in an avalanche at Uttarakhand's Draupadi Ka Danda-II high peak were flown to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). So far, 14 people ...

On Wednesday, eight additional mountaineers who were stranded in an avalanche at Uttarakhand’s Draupadi Ka Danda-II high peak were flown to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

So far, 14 people have been evacuated as a result of the incident. The rescued mountaineers arrived in Matli, Uttarkashi, today, where they are receiving first aid care. These guys were flown by helicopter to the 12th ITBP Battalion in Matli, Uttarkashi.

“Deep Singh (Gujarat), Rohit Bhatt (Tehri Garhwal), Suraj Singh (Uttarkashi), Sunil Lalwani (Mumbai), Anil Kumar (Rajasthan), Manish Agarwal (Delhi), Kanchan Singh (Chamoli) and Ankit Singh (Dehradun) were amongst who have been rescued,” the Uttarakhand Police said.

The first team of ITBP personnel reached the base camp of Draupadi Ka Danda II mountain peak for search and rescue operations here.

On Tuesday, four mountaineers lost their lives in the avalanche while rescue operations were on for others, confirmed the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM).

The ITBP PRO had informed that at least eight members of the mountaineering team, trapped in the avalanche at Draupadi’s Danda-II mountain peak in Uttarkashi, were “immediately rescued”.\

According to a release by the NIM, 41 people, including 34 trainees and 7 mountaineering instructors, were hit by the avalanche.

The institute said that the as per the training schedule, the climbers moved to the mountain on September 23 after the revision of rock-climbing training at NIM and Tekhla rock climbing training area.

“The course arrived at Base Camp on September 25. As per the training schedule on October 4, the course moved for High Altitude Navigation and height gain to Mount Draupadi ka Danda-II (5670m) at 4.00 am while returning from the mountain peak the Advance Mountaineering Course was met with an avalanche occurred above camp-1 in which 34 trainees and 7 mountaineering instructors were caught under avalanche at 08:45 hrs,” said the release.

As soon as they received information about the tragedy, the ITBP, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, and local police began the rescue mission.

Earlier this morning, Uttarakhand police issued a list of Nehru Mountaineering Institute trainees being sought at the top.