Bodies of 4 more trekkers en route to Sahastra Tal recovered, 13 survivors rescued

The bodies of four more trekkers from Bengaluru who died during a trek to Sahastra Tal were recovered on Thursday, completing the retrieval of bodies of all nine victims, officials said.

Thirteen trekkers have been rescued safely, SDM Brijesh Kumar Tiwari said, adding that the rescue operation aided by Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters is over.

The bodies of five persons, including a 71-year-old woman, who were part of the same trekking group were recovered on Wednesday, the officer said.

The 22-member trekking team from Bengaluru was sent by Himalayan View Trekking Agency, Maneri, on May 29 on a 35-km long trek from Uttarkashi, according to officials.

SDM Tiwari said the four more bodies recovered on Thursday were brought down to Bhatwari. They were identified as Venkatesh Prasad (53), Padmanadha Kundapur Krishnamurthy (50), Anita Rangappa (60) and Padmini Hegde (34).

The five deceased found the previous day had been identified as Sindhu Vakekalam (44), Asha Sudhakar (71), Sujatha Mungurwadi (52), Vinayak Mungurwadi (55) and Chitra Praneeth (48), he added.

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