Harbhajan Singh rescued by Indian Air Force from Joshimath

Harbhajan Singh (third from left) shared photos with the rescue team on his Twitter account.

New Delhi: Jun 19, 2013

India cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who was stranded in Joshimath due to incessant rains while on a pilgrimage, was on Wednesday rescued and taken to safety by the Indian Air Force.

“Rescued by 205 army aviation squadron based at mamoon pathankot.thank u.sweet memories with the air crew.god bless,” a relieved Harbhajan wrote on his Twitter page. (sic)


Flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides have claimed over a hundred lives in Uttarakhand and left thousands of pilgrims stranded.

The off-spinner took shelter at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp at Joshimath since the last four days after he too could not reach Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara due to bad weather.

The off-spinner on Tuesday accompanied ITBP officials to the forces’ barracks and campuses where stranded pilgrims are being provided food and medicines.

Harbhajan took the role of a counsellor alongside ITBP personnel as he met a number of pilgrims hit by incessant rains and floods.