Srinagar, Jan 5 (GNS): A Beacon officer, who was swept away by an avalanche, has been found dead in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

Two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top. They were sitting besides a vehicle when the avalanche struck and took both of them along with the vehicle.

While one of them was injured, a hawaldar (incharge sector commander) went missing. Soon, they said, army and police launched rescue operation and the beacon officer, MP Singh of 109 RCC, was found under the snow mass and straight away taken to MI (a mini military hospital) room Chowkibal. The doctors who attended upon him declared Singh as brought dead, an army official told news agency GNS.

Meanwhile, in another rescue operation, a 7-year-old boy was rescued among seven persons who went missing after a sumo (JK09A- 3249) came under an avalanche at Khoni Nallah near Sadhna Top.

The driver Zahoor Ahmad Khan son of Maqsood Ahmad Khan of Chetarkote Karnah jumped in sneak of time while as vehicle was swept away and six persons are missing.

Among them, a 7-year-old has been found alive while rescue operation to find others was still under away, official sources told GNS.

Sources said that there are no traces of vehicle so far even as administration has launched search operation to find out the missing.

SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Hussain confirmed the incidents to GNS and said that they a rescue team was at the job to find out the missing.

“We are trying our level best to rescue the missing even as fresh snowfall has started in the area which is hampering the operation.” (GNS)