One Dead, 13 Trapped In South Kashmir Mountains

SRINAGAR: A tourist guide is feared dead while 11 sightseers and two other guides are trapped near banks of Tarsar Lake in south Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.

Tarsar Lake in the upper Aru Valley belt shows multiple colours of its water in a bright sunny day, unlike all others Kashmir lakes. Photo: Mir Basit

Quoting official sources news agency GNS reported that a group of 14 people including 11 tourists and three guides –Mohammad Ishaq Lone, Tariq Ahmad, both residents of Pahalgam, and Shakeel Ahmad of Gagangeer Ganderbal were on sightseeing near Tarser Lake.  One of the guides, Shakeel Ahmad is feared drowned in the lake, they said. “The other people are stuck near the bank of the river,” they said.

Subsequent to the information, a rescue team has been dispatched by police Pahalgam to retrieve the trapped persons, they said. “Further details are awaited,” they added.

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