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2 personnel killed as avalanche hits Army patrol in Siachen glacier

A Srinagar-based defence spokesperson said an Avalanche Rescue Team following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the team. Army helicopters were pressed into service to rescue them, he added. "However, despite best efforts by the medical teams, two Army personnel succumbed in the avalanche," he said.

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Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 07.13 PM IST
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Avalanche hits Army patrol team in Siachen and claims lives of 2 jawans
Avalanche hits Army patrol team in Siachen and claims lives of 2 jawans
SRINAGAR: Two army personnel were killed when an avalanche hit an army patrol in the southern Siachen glacier sector in the Union Territory of Ladakh on Saturday, officials said.

A Srinagar-based defence spokesperson said the Army patrol was operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in Southern Siachen Glacier when it was hit by the avalanche during the early hours of Saturday.

He said an Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the team. Simultaneously, Army helicopters were pressed into service to rescue them, he added.

"However, despite best efforts by the medical teams, two Army personnel succumbed in the avalanche," the defence spokesperson said.

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