Search crews find one of four avalanche victims

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Search crews that finally were able to dig through snowdrifts in efforts to find the bodies of four missing skiers recovered one of them Wednesday morning. The skiers, three men from Finland and a woman from Sweden, were caught in an avalanche in Tamokdalen on January 2.

Massive search and rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather and the ongoing threat of more avalanches since the skiers first were reported missing and later, believed to have perished. Conditions improved enough on Wednesday to allow crews into the area, and they found the first body within hours.

Police wouldn’t identify which skier’s body was recovered, pending notification of next of kin. The body was airlifted out by helicopter and sent on to Tromsø in a hearse.

Efforts continued to find the three others. Police, military personnel and experts from the Red Cross and Norsk Folkehjelp (Norwegian People’s Aid) were taking part in the search. staff