Simrik Air Long Line Team rescues missing Taiwanese national after 49 days

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A Taiwanese national, who went missing, along with his companion, on 9th March 2017 (26th Falgun) while on the way to Langtang in Rasuwa, was found alive on 26th April, but his friend was found dead.

Simrik Air Long Line team led by Capt. Siddartha J. Gurung and rescue specialist Chhiring Dhenduk Bhote conducted a long line rescue to airlift them to Kathmandu.

Liang Shang Yuen (21) and his companion Liu Chen Chun (19), who were heading towards Langtang through Dhading’s Tipling and Pangsang Pass about two months ago are suspected to have fallen off the cliff. They were not accompanied by any guide.

A team led by Dawa Tamang deployed for searching the missing tourists on behalf of the Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee, had traced them. The rescue team found Liang trapped on a precipice after his friend’s body was found.

Earlier, kin of the missing trekkers had requested the government of Nepal to search for them.  According to police, documents show they had permission to enter Langtang National Park on February 21.

The Taiwanese nationals had taken a route through Dhading district headquarters and stayed at a home stay facility in Labdung of Tipling for three days till March 8, a day before heavy snowfall battered northern villages, including Tipling, which is at an altitude of 2,200 metres.

A team of three rescuers from Kathmandu-based Asian Trekking spotted the couple in a cave near the Narchet River at an altitude of 2,600 m. that afternoon. “They appeared to be sleeping inside a cave,” Madhav Basnet, who was one of three rescuers, said. “But only Liang was found alive.”

Liu’s body has been kept at TU Teaching hospital for post-mortem, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, managing director, Asian Trekking. “After a successful rescue, Liang has got a second lease of life,” he said.

Dr. Sanjaya Karki of Grande International Hospital said all medical tests were being carried out and Liang was out of danger.

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