Published On: Fri, Oct 14th, 2016

Weather hampers rescue ops of Polish trekkers stuck at Shivling peak

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Two Polish trekkers have been stuck for more than 72 hours at the Shivling peak in the Uttarkashi district of Garhwal Division. The State Disaster Response Team (SDRF) had conducted a search and rescue operation to find trekkers, but could not succeed due to rough weather. The trekkers have been identified as Greg Michael (46), and Lucas John (42).

According to information, a trekking expedition team comprising five trekkers had reached at Tapovan from Gangotri on September, 24 in the Uttarkashi district. The team moved to the base camp on September, 25 and reached the advance base camp the next day. Out of the five trekkers, two trekkers had fallen sick during the expedition on October 8, while the remaining trekkers had called the Embassy after they had reached Uttarkashi safely.

IG (SDRF) Sanjay Gunjyal said the SDRF and the high altitude mountain search and a rescue police team had been sent to look out for the trekkers in the Uttarkashi district. He said choppers had tried to slither the rescue teams at the Tapovan but adverse weather conditions had become a hindrance in the rescue operations. He said the state government had requested the Army to help in carrying out the rescue operation near the Shivling peak. Gunjyal assured that no stone would be left unturned to rescue the stuck trekkers.

Sources said the trekkers had tried to scale the Shivling peak, located at an altitude of 6,543 metres from its north side, which was never scaled by any trekker due to its tough mountain terrain. The physical condition of the trekkers is critical due to mountain sickness.

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