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Uttarakhand: Bodies of 4 out of 5 missing Navy mountaineers found in avalanche, rescue operation underway

A 20-member team of climbers from the Indian Navy had launched an expedition 15 days ago to climb the 7,120-metre Trishul Peak, but a porter, including five, was missing after being hit by an avalanche.

Uttarakhand News: Bodies of four members of a team of Navy mountaineers who went missing after an avalanche in Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district have been found. Let us inform that five mountaineers and a porter of the Indian Navy went missing after being hit by an avalanche in the early hours of Friday while mountaineering Mount Trishul located in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. This search operation was carried out on Saturday with the help of helicopter. According to the information received, a 20-member team of mountaineers of the Indian Navy had started an expedition 15 days ago to climb the Trishul peak at a height of 7,120 meters.Also Read – Chardham Yatra Rule Latest: Daily limit of devotees will be removed for Chardham! Uttarakhand government reached court

In a statement issued by the Indian Navy, the mortal remains of four of the five missing naval mountaineers – Lieutenant Commander Rajnikant Yadav, Lieutenant Commander Yogesh Tiwari, Lieutenant Commander Anant Kukreti, Hari Om MCPO II were recovered from Chamoli today. Efforts are on to locate the fifth Marine climber and a Sherpa. Also Read – Indian Navy Recruitment 2021: Bumper vacancy for these posts in Indian Navy, selection will be done without examination, salary will be more than 1.3 lakhs

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Colonel Amit Bisht, posted at Nehru Mountaineering Institute said, “The rescue team has recovered the bodies of 4 climbers from Mount Trishul in Chamoli. Search is on for the other two members. A team of rescue teams from NIM, Uttarkashi, personnel from High Altitude Warfare School, Gulmarg and Garhwal Scouts are engaged in a joint search and rescue operation.

Before the body was found, a rescue team of the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) located in Uttarkashi, Principal Colonel Amit Bisht had told that the team has reached Joshimath but due to bad weather it is not able to move forward. He said that relief work would be started as soon as the weather improves. According to Nim, rescue teams and helicopters of the Army, Air Force and State Disaster Response Force are also involved in the operation.

A statement issued by NIM in Uttarkashi quoting Colonel Bisht said on Friday that the Adventure Wing of the Indian Navy had sought help from NIM’s search and rescue team for relief and rescue at around 11 am.

A 20-member mountaineering team of the Navy went to the 7,120-metre-high Trishul Peak about 15 days ago. On Friday morning at around five o’clock, the team proceeded to conquer the peak. During this, an avalanche occurred, due to which five naval mountaineers and a porter went missing. Mount Trishul is in Bageshwar district of Kumaon on the border of Chamoli district. Due to being a group of three peaks, it is called Trishul.

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