Troops Trace Whereabouts of Missing Undergraduates
An 11-member rescue team of the Security Force
Headquarters - Central (SFHQ-Cen) succeeded in tracing whereabouts of a
group of university undergraduates while on an expedition in
Wangedigalakanda mountain, Bambarakanda in Haldummulla Police Division
during small hours of Wednesday (28).
Reports confirmed that this team of undergrads on a
camping tour while trekking the mountains were reportedly caught in
heavy downpour and lost their way as dusk was fast falling amid
On being informed by the Haldummulla Police for rescue
assistance, an 11-member rescue team of the SFHQ-Cen on the directions
of Major General Rukmal Dias, Commander, Security Forces - Central (SF-Cen)
rushed to the dense jungle-infested hilly areas although torrential
rains, cold weather and thick darkness obstructed their search
operations from time to time.
However, during the wee hours on Wednesday (28) the
Army rescue team of the SFHQ-Cen screened the exact location and reached
affected undergrads who had lost their way in the hilly jungles.
The Army team commanded by one Officer of the SFHQ-Cen
managed to bring them down safely after a search operation that lasted
about five hours.
The rescue team after locating those went missing
waited there until first light of the day and returned to the
Haldummulla Police Station this morning (28).
The Army rescue team of the SFHQ-Cen formally handed
over the undergraduates to the Haldummulla Police Station at about 10.30
a.m. on the instructions of the Commander, SF-Cen.
Courtesy : Army Media Unit