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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Avalanche stranded tourists in Loen

The scenic mountain area around Loen near Stryn was hit by an avalanche on Friday afternoon that left as many as 30 people stranded on a road in the valley known as Kjenndalen. A man, a woman and a child suffered minor injuries after the snow and rocks hit some cars and recreational vehicles.

Emergency crews rushed to the area but could later report that no one was missing or seriously injured. Four cars with passengers inside them were hit by the avalanche that measured around 400 meters.

Helicopters sent to the scene with search dogs on board could confirm that no one was caught in the avalanche itself, which crashed down into the valley from an elevation of 1,600 meters. Police warned, however, that there was danger of more slides in the area.

That made it urgent to evacuate those caught on the ground. The helicopters airlifted between 25 and 30 people out of the area, some of whom had driven, cycled or walked into the valley to see local glaciers. There are no homes in the area. staff



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