Russian tourist falls into gorge, army saves him

JAMMU: A 33-year-old Russian tourist was today rescued from a deep snow-covered gorge by army soon after he fell into it in the tourist resort of Gulmarg in Kashmir Valley.

Dimitry Lobanov, along with five others of his group from Russia, was skiing in the higher reaches on Apharwat when he lost control and fell into a deep gorge covered with snow today, Defence spokesman of Northern Command Col S D Goswami said.

The distress call from the group was immediately responded to by a team from the army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) which immediately rescued the individual from a deep gorge and provided first aid and support, he said.

Then, they quickly evacuated him from Apharwat via Khilanmarg to the Army Medical Inspection Room at Gulmarg, Col Goswami said.

The skiier had suffered severe injuries, resulting in multiple fractures due to the fall, he said. (AGENCIES)


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