Search postponed for last avalanche victim

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Renewed danger of avalanches has prompted search crews in Northern Norway to postpone efforts to find the body of the fourth victim of a fatal avalanche earlier this month. The search will resume this spring.

“Unfortunately we’ve come to the point where we simply have to wait until spring before we take up the search for the last missing person,” Andreas Nilsen, sheriff in Midt-Troms, told news bureau NTB.

Four skiers, three from Finland and one from Sweden, disappeared January 2 while attempting to ski up to the summit of Blåbærtinden from the valley of Tamokdalen in Troms County. Their ski tracks led into the mounds of snow that crashed down in line with avalanche warnings that day, and did not emerge on the other side.

Three of the victims’ bodies have been recovered but the fourth has proven difficult to locate. Search efforts have been hindered all month by bad weather, the lack of daylight at this time of year and ongoing avalanche danger that’s now made it too risky for crews to continue the search.

newsinenglish.no staff