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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

Trekker dies in Rudraprayag, efforts on to rescue 8 others

Engineer with Railways succumbs to high-altitude sickness

Neena Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 13

After a trekker died on the Panpatia route in Rudraprayag district on June 11, two teams have been dispatched to rescue the remaining eight members, who were part of the Indian Railways trekking expedition that began on June 5 from Lambagar in Chamoli district. 

According to the police, Arun Kumar Das, a senior engineer with the Indian Railways hailing from West Bengal, succumbed to high-altitude sickness on June 11. 

“Out of the eight remaining trekkers, two of them managed to reach Madhmaheshwar on Tuesday and contacted the Delhi office of the Indian Railways. They in turn contacted us last evening. All trekkers are safe,” said PN Meena, SP, Rudraprayag district.

On June 12, an advance team comprising the police and personnel from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were dispatched on foot. 

“They (team) are nearing Madhmaheshwar and are in touch with the trekkers. While another combined team comprising nine policemen from Uttarakhand who recently scaled the Mount Everest and SDRF personnel from Dehradun were air dropped at Madhmaheshwar in the morning. All trekkers are safe and our teams will rescue them,” said Meena. 

The teams are carrying food, medicines and equipment. They are expected to bring the body of Arun Kumar by Thursday afternoon, “The porters who accompanied the trekking party are with the body and maintaining a vigil at Ashkitaal. After the death of Arun Kumar, the remaining trekkers trekked from Sajal Sarovar to Ashkitaal on June 11,” Meena said. 

The trekking group, comprising 23 members, has nine trekkers, 11 porters and three guides. They commenced their trek from Lambagar in Chamoli and got stuck at Panpatia glacier in Rudraprayag. The Panpatia trek is located at an elevation of 4,200 m and forms a bridge between Kedarnath and Badrinath.

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