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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Three killed in another avalanche

Three skiers were killed Thursday afternoon in another avalanche at Lyngen in Troms, Northern Norway. They were in a group of nine skiers, mostly from France, who had trekked up the mountainside to ski down it again.

It’s the latest in a series of avalanches at Lyngen and elsewhere in Norway just during the past week. Warnings have been posted, especially because temperatures and skiing conditions can change quickly.

Air ambulances from both Tromsø and Harstad were dispatched quickly after police received the first call for help around 2:30pm. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that language difficulties caused a delay i determining the skiers’ exact location, but by 3:30pm, doctors at the scene could confirm that three of the skiers had been killed. A few others suffered what were described by police as minor injuries but there was no need for hospitalization.

Police, emergency crews at officials at the closest hospital in Tromsø have urged skiers to heed the avalanche danger. Lyngen Mayor Dan Håvard Johnsen called it “a tragic start to the Easter holidays,” which begin this weekend. staff



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