Indian Air Force rescues an Israeli mountaineer

An Israeli mountaineer who had fallen closer to 3000 feet and was unconscious was evacuated on Sunday morning from STOK KANGRI  at an elevation of  18350 feet by the India Air Force.

Updated: Aug 09, 2015, 21:31 PM IST

Leh: An Israeli mountaineer who had fallen closer to 3000 feet and was unconscious was evacuated on Sunday morning from STOK KANGRI  at an elevation of  18350 feet by the India Air Force.

The evacuation was made under the formation of Wing Commander BS Sehrawat VM and Wing Commander KS Negi and the Israeli was then moved to Sonam Norbu hospital Leh.

The effort is said to require exceptional skill and the degree of difficulty was high due to high altitude, steep slope, knee level snow slope, turbulent winds and restricted space, as per a PIB release.

The mountaineer  was spotted within 10 minutes of take off and evacuated within 25 minutes by the IAF Cheetah helicopter.