IAF rescues Israeli national from high-altitude area in Ladakh

Atar Kahana, an Israeli national, was suffering from high altitude sickness, including vomiting and low oxygen saturation.

Dharmesh ThakkarUpdated: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 07:14 PM IST
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Atar Kahana, an Israeli national was rescued by Indian Air Force from a high-altitude area | Photo: File

Srinagar: The Indian Air Force on Wednesday rescued an Israeli national in the Nimaling Camp area near Markha Valley in Ladakh after receiving a distress call, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said.

In a statement issued by the spokesperson, he said, "Today, 114 Helicopter Unit received a call for Casevac from Nimaling Camp near Markha Valley."

The statement reads that Atar Kahana, an Israeli national, was suffering from high altitude sickness, including vomiting and low oxygen saturation.

"Leading from the front, Flight Commander114 HU, Wing Commander Ashish Kapoor and Flight Lt Rhythm Mehra as No. 1 and Sqn Ldr Neha Singh and Sqn Ldr Ajinkya Kher as No 2, got airborne within minutes, for this time-critical mission," further read the statement.

It added that following the shortest route, Casevac aircrafts reached the spot within 20 minutes of flying time and spotted the casualty on the Gongmaru La pass at an elevation of 16,800 feet.

"The No. 1 aircrew carried out a thorough recce and landed at the pass with the assistance of No. 2 and picked up the casualty from the pass in the turbulent weather conditions. The casualty was recovered expeditiously within a limited time of 1 hour at Air Force Station Leh," it added.

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