Rescuers, robot pull out body from Gokyo lake
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, May 17: A rescue team pulled out the body of young boy from a Himalayan glacial lake ten months after he went missing while swimming in it.
The five-member rescue team comprising three Americans located the body of 17-year old Sunil Baraili from Gokyo lake in Solukhumbu district. Two other boys had also gone missing with Baraili on August 2, 2018.
The body of Baraili was recovered with the help of a special robot brought by the US rescuers from California, US.
Still, the body of one schoolboy is yet to be located, according to journalist Bikram Shrestha, one of the members accompanying the rescue team with foreigners, who had left Kathmandu four days ago in a private helicopter.
Body of Pemba Dorji Sherpa is yet to be located while the body of Pemba Neru Sherpa was recovered on August 8, 2018. All the three boys were the 9th grader of Khumjung Secondary School, Solukhumbu.
The rescue team also comprised of a deep diver of the Armed Police Force. The incident had occurred when the students were on an education tour in the Gokyo lake in August last year.
The body of Baraili was first traced by the robot 35 feet down the lake. Later, the deep-water diver of the APF brought out the body, according to journalist Shrestha, who relayed the information through a voice message because no communication medium was available at the site.
According to Baraili’s uncle Raj Kumar, they had informed the Area Police Office, Namche, and Khumjung Police Post after the team arrived to search the missing boy. They had also informed about the recovery of the body. “Not a single policeman came to the incident site though they were informed two days ago about the arrival of the search team in the district,” Shrestha quoted Raj Kumar Baraili as saying.
District Police Officer of Solukhumbu Shalikgram Sharma told over the telephone that the police had got the information about the recovery of the body from Gokyo Lake.
“We are sending our team with scene of crime operative (SOCO) kit toolbox before handing over the body to the guardian,” Sharma said.
Raj Kumar Baraili, uncle of the deceased, ascertained the body was Sunil’s through the clothes he had worn during the time of the incident.
The rescue team included Zermi Carmicone, Keith Carmicone, and Kein Greeicy, APF Police Inspector Purushottam Bhandari and guide Dendi Sherpa.
Gokyo lake lies in Sagarmatha National Park and is located at an altitude of 4,700-5,000 metres above sea level.
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