Army Recovers a Body of Civilian Potter From a Siachin Crevasse



Army during Siachin operation.
Army during Siachin operation.

Army recovered mortal remains of a civilian porter from a crevasse in Siachen Wednesday.

The porter was identified as Thukjay Gyasket, 40, of Ayee village near Sasoma.

“Thujay Gyasket, slipped and fell into a deep narrow crevasse while ferrying stores between forward army posts in northern glacier area on 27 February 2016,” said PRO army NN Joshi in a statement.


“Specialised Rescue Teams from the Siachen Battle School were immediately launched and were undertaking relentless efforts to locate and retrieve the individual since last four days. After three days, his mortal remains were located about 130 feet inside the narrow crevasse.”

After locating the body, the PRO said, 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. 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. Shri Thukjay is survived by his mother, wife and two daughters.”


Lt General DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command has expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased porter and “has assured all possible assistance to the family in this moment of grief”.

“The Army Commander also complimented the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment of the rescue team who braved freezing temperatures to locate and retrieve the mortal remains of the dedicated porter.”

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