5 trekkers stranded on lake airlifted
Five trekkers on Sunday slipped into a lake at the height of 12,800 ft in south Kashmir's Kulgam district and floated on a sheet of ice for three hours before being rescued.india Updated: Jun 30, 2013 22:10 IST
Five trekkers on Sunday slipped into a lake at the height of 12,800 ft in south Kashmir's Kulgam district and floated on a sheet of ice for three hours before being rescued.
Around 12 pm, six trekkers scaled mountains of Pir Panjal in south Kashmir to reach famous Konsar Nag lake, more than 100 km south of Srinagar.
The trekkers, five from Srinagar and one non-Kashmiri, were walking and taking pictures when a sheet of glacier sunk and landed into the lake.
"We received a frantic call from the non-local trekker accompanying the trekkers from Srinagar. He informed us that they were stuck in the lake, which is quite deep," Kulgam superintendent of police Muhammad Shafi Mir told the Hindustan Times.
The police had to press into service a chopper to airlift the floating trekkers stranded on the fast melting glacier chunk, which was not big.
"We approached the district administration and sought help of chopper for the rescue operation," said Mir.
All the five were rescued in the operation that lasted for three hours.
Kansar Nag is amidst the mountains of Pir Panchal range in south Kashmir and is located at the height of 12,800 feet.