Four Rescued- Two Dead at Rohtang Pass

Four persons reported missing since Saturday were rescued near Rohtang Pass today, about 150 km from here.

Pradeep, an engineer of Himachal Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation (HPSEDC), Roop Lal, Agriculture Officer Keylong, clerk Jitender and driver Thapa were all reported to be in a sound condition and were airlifted to Kullu.

They were taken to the zonal hospital here and there were no signs of hypothermia or frost bite, said Sushil Chander, Medical Officer Health. The four were returning after delivering some electronics instruments at the Deputy Commissioner office, Keylong.

Upon getting stranded, they managed to get in touch with the Lahaul Spiti DC.

According to the Lahaul Spiti DC, Beer Singh, the Bolero Camper (HP-58-5649) in which all the four were travelling through the Rohtang Pass was caught in a snowstorm near the pass on Saturday evening. The four managed to survive the 60-hour ordeal in the snow by sitting inside the vehicle, he added.

He said a rescue team of members of police, administration, Borders Road Organisation (BRO), ITBP, medical experts and Disaster Management was able to trace the missing persons and bring them back to Khoksar.

The bodies of the ill-fated duo Sanjeev Kumar (19) and Naresh (22), both from Patlikuhl in Kullu, who happened to get stuck in the snow on Saturday night in a Maxicab (HP-34A-1134) in Gramphu near Khoksar, were also airlifted and handed over to their relatives.

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