Bhutanese boys missing in Gelephu
A view of the search operation. Image credit - www.bbs.bt

The two Bhutanese boys, who went missing at the Raidangra village in Gelephu on September 23, were found safe and sound.

Two students of Class X and XII from a school in Gelegphu went missing on September 22, 2021.

The boys took leave from their school and went to visit Sheti lake near Raidangra hilltop which is about six hours’ journey from Gelegphu town.

Informing about the rescue of the boys, Bhutan Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in a facebook post on Sunday wrote: “It is a huge relief to learn that the two boys who went missing at the Raidangra village in Gelephu on September 23 were found safe and sound today.”

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“I am immensely pleased for the parents who were completely distraught.  The desperation I sensed over the days I was in touch them were heart-rending,” the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister said he has been told “the boys are now at home”.

They were handed over to the parents following health assessments carried out soon after they were found, PM Dr Tshering informed.

“A consistent follow-up will be ensured to study signs of post-trauma,” Dr Tshering said.

The Prime Minister has thanked the entire community of Raidangra, local officials, De-Suups and the police for rescuing the boys safely.

“I write a short note here to thank the entire community of Raidangra, local officials, De-Suups and particularly the Police who led the search of the two students,” he added.

“Our people have always come together and put up a brave front during such times.”

“It makes the situation bearable for those who are suffering. I am so proud of all and would like to thank you once again,” Dr Tshering added.

The boys reportedly lost their way while returning home.

Police along with De-Suups and the locals from the Raidangra community started looking for the boys after the parents informed the police on September 23.

The police deployed three search teams in the Sheti lake, Samtenthang village of Samtenling Gewog and the Tshachhu areas.

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