Following two days of gruelling search operations, Indian Army rescue teams on Sunday recovered the mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar from under twelve feet of snow, after he was swept away in the avalanche on an Army post in Kargil while on surveillance duty.
The search operation continued for three days despite adverse weather conditions and up to fifteen feet of snow in the area of the avalanche.
Avalanche rescue dogs, deep penetration radars and metal detectors were also pressed into service in the rescue operation.
The martyr, who belongs to Vallaramapuram village of Thirunelvelli District of Tamil Nadu, is survived by his parents and two younger sisters.
The Army is in the process of evacuating his mortal remains from the area after which they will be moved to his native place where the cremation ceremony will take place with full military honours.
Sepoy Sujit, the soldier who was rescued on the first day itself is medically stable and recovering well.
Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command has expressed his deep condolences to the family of Sepoy Vijay Kumar.