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Israeli national rescued by IAF in Ladakh

"In view of the severity of his condition, he had to be rescued from this valley which is known for severe turbulent conditions," the spokesman said.

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Srinagar: An Israeli national was rescued by Indian Air Force braving odds in Ladakh on Friday, Srinagar-based defense spokesman Col Emron Musavi said on Saturday.

He said at 10.40 hrs today, 114 Helicopter Unit of IAF received a call for Casevac (Casualty Evacuation) from Nimaling Camp near Markha valley.

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The Israeli national, Noam Gil, was suffering from acute mountain sickness and was having difficulty breathing in the high-altitude area. His oxygen level had dropped to 68 percent.

“In view of the severity of his condition, he had to be rescued from this valley which is known for severe turbulent conditions,” the spokesman said.

“Led by Wg Cdr Ashish Kapoor, Flt Cdr 114 Helicopter Unit, with Flt Lt Kushagra Singh and Wg Cdr S Badiyaree and Sqn Ldr S Nagpal as no 2, got airborne within 20 minutes for this time-critical mission,” he said, adding braving strong winds and turbulent conditions, the formation reached the spot in about 45 minutes, however, the casualty was in a steady move to lower altitudes,” he said.

After a continuous search of 30 minutes, the casualty was spotted at the river Gorge at the valley bottom.

“The valley is very narrow there was difficulty in manoeuvring the aircraft. The formation leader led in for an approach on an unprepared surface on the valley bottom. With the assistance of number 2 holding overhead and the proficiency of number 1, the landing was carried out in one of the most restricted spaces ever landed in this particular valley.

The casualty was emplaned at low hover and the formation got airborne immediately. Being on less fuel, the formation routed back via standby route braving all the difficulties the formation finally landed at Leh,” he said.

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