German mountaineer rescued from slopes of Nun Peak
According to a news report in Deccan Herald, a German national - Dr. Steger Helmut Otto - part of a mountaineering expedition, which was hit by an avalanche, was rescued from the slopes of Nun Peak in the Ladakh region by the Leh-based Siachen Pioneers unit which is a helicopter unit of the IAF. This unit has been involved in several rescue missions in the last one month and has evacuated several foreigners from higher reaches in the region.
Nun Peak at 7135m is one of the highest in the Ladakh region. The request for evacuating the German national attempting to climb the Nun peak was received on August 18 after his team feared to have lost two of its guides in an avalanche and one member of the team was gravely injured. A two-helicopter rescue team led by the Commanding Officer, Wg Cdr UKS Bhadauria got airborne at 0545 AM on 19 August and reached the expedition site area.
Dr. Otto had survived a fall of approximately 300 feet at the summit and was stuck on his fixed rope with few broken ribs and head injury, After picking up the casualty, the formation set course and landed back at Leh at 0845 AM.
With climbing being one of the fastest growing recreational sports in India, millions of amateur trekking and climbing enthusiasts are exploring the adrenaline rush of this mentally and physically stimulating sport. Thousand's of certified Mountaineers are graduating from the 4 premium National Mountaineering Institutes in India annually and are exploring the largest and youngest mountain range in the world, standing sentinel across the North of our country.