National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 27 September 2017
RESCUE OF US CITIZEN FROM LEH BY IAF HELICOPTER
On 26 September, the IAF was requested by US Embassy through Ministry of Defence to help in locating and rescue of US citizen Margaret Allen Stone.
Margaret Allen Stone had set out for trekking in the Ladakh region and had been held up in Zhingchan area at a distance of 75 Km from Leh since 06 September 2017 due to injury. Her condition had deteriorated during this prolonged period of lack of care. She was in a critical condition. The US Government informed IAF of the situation in the afternoon hours on 26 September 2017.
IAF responded to the situation with requisite alacrity. Exact location of Allen Stone was ascertained with the help of civil administration and by evening two IAF helicopters were able to locate Allen Stone in the valley. Allen Stone was brought to the safety to Leh hospital for medical care by sunset on 26 September 2017.