Srinagar: A 33-year-old Russian tourist was on Sunday rescued from a deep snow-covered gorge by army soon after he fell into it in the tourist resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, an army spokesman said.
Dimitry Lobanov, along with five others of his group from Russia, was skiing in the higher reaches on Apharwat when he lost control and fell into a deep gorge covered with snow, an army spokesman said in statement.
The distress call from the group was immediately responded to by a team from the army’s High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) which immediately rescued the individual from a deep gorge and provided first aid and support, he said.
Then, they quickly evacuated him from Apharwat via Khilanmarg to the Army Medical Inspection Room at Gulmarg, Col Goswami said.
The skiier had suffered severe injuries, resulting in multiple fractures due to the fall, he said.
Earlier, a group of Australian skiers had a narrow escape when they were attacked by an endangered snow leopard in the higher reaches of Apharwat.