Army porter found dead five days after falling into crevasse at Siachen

  • HT Correspondent?PTI, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 22:11 IST
Last month, 10 soldiers died after they were buried under an avalanche at the Siachen glacier. (AFP)

The body of a 40-year-old porter, who was hired by the Indian Army to work at Siachen — the world’s highest battlefield — was recovered after a massive rescue operation, five days after he fell into a deep crevasse in Siachen’s Northern Glacier at a height of about 19,000 feet.

Thukjay Gyasket, a resident of Ayee village near Sasoma in Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, had slipped and fallen into a deep narrow crevasse while ferrying stores between forward army posts in Northern Glacier area on February 27.

Read more: Siachen miracle: How Army rescued a hero trapped under 35 ft of snow

The portal’s mortal remains were located about 200-feet inside the narrow crevasse.

After locating the body, rescue teams moved inside the crevasse and anchored it to the ice wall to prevent it from further slipping down.

The opening and gap of the narrow crevasse was also widened to retrieve the body intact, army sources said.

The mortal remains of this dedicated porter have now been brought down to Hunder near Parthapur and will be handed over to the next of kin after necessary formalities.

Thukjay is survived by his mother, wife and two daughters.

The 76-km glacier in Jammu and Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Its ruthless weather has claimed many lives so far.

Last month, 10 soldiers died after they were buried under an avalanche.

Defence minister Manohar Parrkiar told the Parliament on Tuesday that 41 soldiers had lost their lives on the Siachen Glacier since 2013.

The list, however, made no mention of porters who had also been killed.

Read more: Of 1,000 soldiers lost in Siachen, only 220 fell to enemy bullets

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