J&K: 2 women officers rescue 2 serving officers stuck on Ladakh mountain
In one of the most precarious rescue missions on snow-capped mountains, two women officers in Jammu and Kashmir led from the front and rescued two officers from the armed forces on an expedition to Stok Kangri in Ladakh.
The two women officers are Flight Lieutenant Surabhi Saxena, and Air Force pilot and Deputy Commissioner Leh Anvy Lavasa. Anvy Lavasa moved the government machinery to ensure timely rescue, initiated ground rescue and also collaborated with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for aerial sortie for rescue.
One of the crucial sorties was conducted by IAF pilot Surabhi Saxena. The rescue mission was carried out at 17,000 feet. Surabhi Saxena is the lone woman pilot in the region and has earned the rare distinction of flying in the world's highest battlefield Siachen.
The incident happened on July 18 when a group of mountaineers was caught up in sudden snowfall in the upper reaches of Stok Kangri peak in Ladakh.
While descending from the summit, at least six mountaineers slipped after the rope they were tied with fell. The mountaineers, however, held on to a big rock. Two mountaineers also received serious injuries during the incident.
Guides and people from the base camp rushed for their rescue but realised that immediate rescue was required. An SOS call was made to the district administration. The divisional commissioner of Leh gave a quick response to rescue the mountaineers and further took the help of the Indian Air Force.
The guides managed to find a plain area and brought the injured men.
Takpa Norbu, a local guide who was the main person behind the ground rescue, said, "I was inspired looking at the IAf's dedication, one pilot was a lady."
Jayo Tashi Nurboo Jay, an organiser from a trekking company, said, "This was one of the toughest rescues I have ever seen. Normally, we see only one person but this time, it was six in total. More than 100 people were involved in the rescue."