Soldiers who rescued Dutch tourist promoted

By Norman Palihawadana

The new Army Commander has decided to promote eight soldiers of the Sinha Regiment, who helped save the life of a Dutch tourist who fell off World’s End at Horton Plains last weekend to the next rank and they will also be presented with mementos.

 The tourist fell from the 4,000 foot cliff while taking a photograph of his wife.

The victim M. Lendas (35) was on his honeymoon with his wife Linda (35).

They were part of a group of tourists at the national park.

Once the police were contacted the soldiers arrived at the scene and then a corporal went down with the help of ropes and pulled up the victim stuck in a bush about 130 feet below.

Soldiers then carried him on a stretcher a distance of 5.2 km to the place where the SLAF chopper had landed.

The incident occurred around 11.00 a.m. and the victim was airlifted to hospital around 2.30 p.m.

The Dutch tourist thanked the soldier, the SLAF and police teams and the villagers who had taken part in the rescue operation.

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