ISLAMABAD: As rescue efforts to recover the buried soldiers enter its sixth day in Gayari, Siachen, another priority point (Sixth Site) has been added to the search, adding to the already five identified points.
Currently there are 15 heavy machines including Dumpers, Dozers, Excavators and Loaders at the site.
At point one, the excavation has managed to reach 115 feet deep. Work is also expected to start on the 130 feet long horizontal tunnel with a diameter of three meters to attain access to the accommodation area.
Meanwhile at point two, excavation work has reached 100 feet deep.
A 450 meters long access track has been developed and improved by adding subgrade to improve traction for wheeled excavation equipment on the avalanche to access the priority points.
Work on both main access tracks has been carried out to increase the total length to 1.5 kilometers.
Weather was still posing a challenge, hindering operational and administrative activities, however resolve of the personnel involved was unwavered.
An ISPR spokesman said that technical teams from Germany, Switzerland and US, after having had initial consultations with Pakistani experts in Islamabad are now in the process of deploying to Gayari by road and air to assist and analyse the search and rescue effort.
Teams from China and Norway with advanced capabilities are expected to reach in Islamabad in next 24-48 hours, the spokesman concluded.
This is a pretty impressive rescue/recovery attempt!