Srinagar, Aug 31: Army on Wednesday said that an Israeli national was evacuated by it Nimaling Camp near Markha Valley in Ladakh.
A defence ministry spokesman based here said today, 114 Helicopter Unit received a call for casevac (casualty evacuation which is a military term for patient evacuation) from Nimaling Camp near Markha Valley.
“Atar Kahana, an Israeli national, was suffering from high altitude sickness, including vomiting and low oxygen saturation,” the spokesman said in a statement, adding, “Leading from the front, the Flt Cdr 114 HU, Wg Cdr Ashish Kapoor and Flt Lt Rhythm Mehra as No. 1 and Sqn Ldr Neha Singh and Sqn Ldr Ajinkya Kher as No 2, got airborne within minutes, for this time critical mission.”
Following the Shortest Route the Casevac aircrafts reached the spot within 20 minutes of flying time and spotted the ‘casualty on the Gongmaru La pass at an elevation of 16800 feet.”
“The No.1 aircrew carried out a thorough recce and landed at the pass with the assistance of No. 2 and picked up the casualty from the pass in the turbulent weather conditions,” he said, adding, “The casualty was recovered expeditiously within the limited time of 1 hour at Air Force Station Leh.”