A British national was rescued by the Army after he lost track while skiing during heavy snowfall at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on February 2.
“A British national, Lachlan Stewart, who was on a ski trip to Gulmarg, lost track while skiing at Afarwat/Gondola Phase Two on January 31,” an Army officer said.
After struggling for two hours in heavy snow, Stewart reached the other side of Afarwat towards the dense jungle at around 5 pm.
Having landed up in a no network zone, the tourist was unable to contact his hotel staff or anyone else, the official said. Stewart was spotted by an Army patrol party of Gulmarg battalion and was rescued to their nearest company operating base, he added.
He was drenching moist after negotiating streams and snow within the wilderness.
The British national was treated with great hospitality as per the ethos of the Army and was given a new pair of shoes, socks and warm refreshments.
Stewart was later dropped at his hotel in Gulmarg.