Siachen miracle: Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad dies

Lance-Naik-Hanumanthappa-Koppad Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad

Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was battling for life after being buried under ice for six days in the Siachen glacier, passed away on Thursday. He died at RR Hospital due to multiple organ failure around 11:45 AM.

He had been on life support ever since he was rescued from Siachen glacier and he slipped into deeper state of coma before he passed away.

The Army Research and Referral Hospital said on Wednesday that his condition had worsened "despite aggressive therapy and supportive care".

Hanumanthappa was found from under 35 feet of ice at an avalanche-hit army post in the Siachen glacier in Jammu and Kashmir —six days after he and nine other soldiers were buried. The bodies of the other nine have been found.

Hanumanthappa is survived by his wife Mahadevi and two-year-old daughter Netra.

Hanumanthappa has served in difficult and challenging areas for 10 out of 13 years of his total service.

His postings include Mahore in Jammu and Kashmir from 2003 to 2006, where he was actively involved in counter-insurgency operations.

He again volunteered to serve with the 54 Rashtriya Rifles (Madras) in Jammu and Kashmir from 2008 to 2010, and later in the northeast from 2010 to 2012 where he took part in operations against the NDFB and ULFA.

He was serving in the high-altitude areas of Siachen glacier from August 2015.

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