Ladakh: At least seven Indian soldiers have been killed and many others injured after their vehicle, in which they were travelling, skidded off the road and fell into the Shyok River in the Turtuk sector of Ladakh. The vehicle fell to a depth of around 50–60 feet.
“A party of 26 soldiers was moving from the transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in Sub Sector Hanif.” “The vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the Shyok River, resulting in injuries to all occupants,” the Indian Army said in a statement.
All 26 soldiers were sent to an army field hospital. Meanwhile, surgical teams from Leh were immediately rushed to Partapur. Seven soldiers died due to severe injuries later.
At approximately 0900h, around 25km from Thoise, the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the Shyok river, to a depth of approx 50-60 feet, resulting in injuries to all occupants,” an Army source said on Friday. All 26 individuals have been evacuated to 403 Field Hospital at Partapur and surgical teams from Leh have moved to Partapur, the source said.
The Indian Army said efforts are being made to ensure the best medical facilities for the injured, including the requisition of air support from the Air Force to shift the more serious casualties to Western Command.