Lyngen, Norway

By March 17, 2017 No Comments

A group of Italian skiers were caught in an avalanche in the Lyngen Alps of Northern Norway on Thursday afternoon. One was rescued quickly, but the other was caught under the snow for nearly two hours before being found and dug out.

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the Italian skier found last was sent by helicopter to hospital in Tromsø in critical condition.

The Norwegian Red Cross was coincidentally conducting a course for its search and rescue personnel close to the scene of the avalanche. Several of them took part in the rescue operation.

The avalanche danger was considerable, 3 out of 5, at the time.

Update: The injured skier died the following day in hospital.

The first 15 minutes

Chance of survival drops dramatically after only 15 minutes, and beyond two hours few ever survive.

Avalanches in Norway

Statistics show that three to five persons die each year in Norway in avalanches.