The Indian Air Force has saved two German residents who got deserted in Pingdom La in the Lahaul-Spiti area in Himachal Pradesh. The pair got airlifted by the Western Air Command today morning.

Michael and his spouse Annette were enjoying trekking when they were trapped in a snowstorm. For a period of 2 days nonstop snowfall put a stop to any effort and by that tie, the couples’ supplies had run down.

Michael decided to trigger his own liberation example as a last resort on Monday.

When the Regional Coordination Centre got the note of a beacon being triggered near Pingdong La, it was directly transmitted to the Western Air Command. The sign was coded for two German residents hiking and camping from Ringdum to Dibling.

The Siachen Pioneers Helicopter division, which is in Leh, bagged orders to examine the beacon call. However, since it was evening and weather conditions in the area did not allow a launch, it was announced to get airborne at dawn.

Two helicopters, navigated by Wing Commander Dey and Wing Commander Pradhan, left to find the beacon at 6 am. Firstly, they could not discover any signs to who forwarded the message.

Wing Commander Pradhan stated, “I held on a low hover and my co-pilot jumped out to ascertain that these were the people we were looking for and their medical condition. Both were able to move about, though the man had developed frostbite. I picked up the woman and asked Wing Commander Dey to come down and pick up Michael in a similar manner. Both on board we flew back safely to Leh.”

The rescued pair has been sent for medical aid facility at Leh and are recovering well.

Hannah Weber

Hannah Weber  is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories.  As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.


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