7 soldiers killed after army vehicle falls into Shyok river in Ladakh

At least seven Indian Army soldiers were killed and several more were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded off the road and plunged into the Shyok River in Ladakh.

According to reports, a group of 26 soldiers was moving from the transit camp in Partapur to a forward location in the Hanif sub-sector when the vehicle went off the road and fell into the Shyok River, injuring all occupants. “The vehicle fell to a depth of around 50 to 60 feet,” he said.

The official said seven people have been declared fatal so far while others have been evacuated to 403 Field Hospital in Partapur.

The 26 soldiers were evacuated to an army field hospital and surgical teams from Leh were rushed to Partapur. Seven soldiers succumbed to injuries later.

“Efforts are underway to ensure the best medical care is provided to the wounded, including requesting the Air Force’s air effort to transfer the heaviest casualties to Western Command,” the Indian Army said.

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The soldiers were initially evacuated to 403 Field Hospital in Partapur and then flown to Chandigarh for treatment at the Western Command Hospital, one of the best army medical facilities in the country.

“Seven people have been declared dead so far. There are serious injuries to others as well. Dedicated efforts are being made to ensure that the best medical care is provided to the injured,” the second official said.

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