22 foreigners rescued

bfIAF helicopters from Leh rescued one French and 21 British nationals on August 6 and 7 in a challenging casualty evacuation from high altitude. Air Force station Leh received a SOS message to rescue British citizens who were stranded in the Markha Valley. ‘Siachen Pioneers’, the premier IAF helicopter unit at Leh was pressed into service. Wg Cdr BS Sehrawat VM with Flt Lt Cirag and Wg Cdr KS Negi with Sqn Ldr V Chauhan led the search. Indus, Nubra, Shyok and their tributaries in Ladakh region were flowing beyond their danger mark. The road & telephone communication was cut-off along most major roads

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