Published On : Thu, Feb 11th, 2016

Siachen braveheart Hanumanthappa dies in Army Hospital


Lance Naik Hanmanthappa passed away at 11.45 am on Thursday. The soldier of 19 Madras regiment was rescued alive on Monday night after being buried under 35 feet since the avalanche buried their camp on February 3 and was flown to Delhi on Tuesday in an Air Force aircraft.

He continued to be on ventilator support since admitted in the hospital on Tuesday due to continued multi-organ dysfunction.

When rescued Hanamanthappa was found “to be conscious but drowsy and disoriented” and also “severely dehydrated, hypothermic, hypoxic, hypoglycemic and in shock.” But fortunately there was no cold exposure related frost bite or bony injuries to him.

Hanamanthappa’s family, wife and daughter, which hails from Koppal in Karnataka arrived in Delhi on Tuesday evening and is with him.

Meanwhile the bodies of nine other soldiers which have been recovered from the site are waiting to be the airlifted from Siachen. Officials said that bad weather has held up movement.