Army rescues Russian tourist from snow-covered gorge in Kashmir

A 33-year-old Russian tourist was on Sunday rescued from a deep snow-covered gorge by Army soon after he fell into it in Gulmarg.

A 33-year-old Russian tourist was on Sunday rescued from a deep snow-covered gorge by Army soon after he fell into it in Gulmarg.

"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 on Sunday," 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.

Lobanov had suffered severe injuries, resulting in multiple fractures due to the fall, he said.

"The rescue team had to wade through thick snow cover for six kilometres to reach the medical post, where the individual was resuscitated and his medical condition stabilised by Army doctors," he said.

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