Last avalanche victim found

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Search and rescue crews have finally found the fourth victim of a massive snow- and rock-slide in the mountains of Nordland earlier this month.

The body of Therese Mari Åkerøy, age 29, was recovered on Thursday after nearly two weeks after she and three other skiers got caught in the avalanche at Jamtfjelltinden in Vefsn, not far from Mosjøen in Nordland County.

The bodies of Åkerøy’s two sisters and another friend were found earlier. They were among eight persons trekking in the mountains during a long holiday weekend on May 16, when melting snow suddenly swept tons of snow, ice and rocks crashing down the mountainside.

Four survived the accident but search efforts were hampered by dangerous conditions and the survivors’ difficulty getting out of the area and obtaining help. There is no mobile telephone coverage in the mountainous terrain where the occurred.

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