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Search abandoned for missing men

The families and friends of two young Norwegian men still missing on Greenland have given up their search efforts and returned to Norway. Neither they nor police could find any trace of the men, who disappeared while on a fishing holiday.

The body of a third Norwegian was recovered earlier in the week and the two others also are presumed dead. Police on Greenland had halted their own search after several days, and urged the group of 14 persons from Norway to abandon their efforts as well.

The men are believed to have disappeared while trying to navigate an icy, turbulent river in the valley known as Paradisdalen on a raft they made from their air mattresses. Remains of the raft had been found, along with backpacks belonging to the three men, but questions linger as to why the men made it and attempted to use it.

Police believe they fell overboard and drowned in the river. Its strong currents and murky waters can make it impossible, investigators said, to find the two missing men’s bodies.

Family and friends of the men from Jæren, south of Stavanger, had traveled to Greenland in the hopes of finding the men or at least getting questions answered. Police showed them what they had found, including the contents of the backpacks that yielded the camera of one of the men.

The camera contained around 100 photos from the men’s fishing trip, the last one taken on August 4 at 9:28pm. It was turned over to the man’s father, Karl Haarr.

He and the other Norwegians agreed with the police on Greenland that further searching was fruitless. The body of the lone man found, 24-year-old Tormod Aniksdal, was expected to be sent back to Norway next week.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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