UPDATED: Police in Rogaland have resumed their search for the two men swept off rocks by waves of up to 12 metres high in western Norway.
25-year-old Mats Bjarg from Oslo and Daniel Henriksbø, 27, from Kvinesdal in Vest-Agder, were filming the local landscape at Stapnes, Rogaland, for a star-studded Norwegian picture when a huge wave enveloped them during yesterday’s gales.
A third person, a photographer, was also swept into the sea but managed to clamber onto land and warned the emergency services, who are now “conducting a search for expected deceased persons,” a press spokesperson for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Southern Norway tells The Foreigner.
Police report 25 Red Cross workers, 5 dog teams, and 3 personnel from the local fire department are combing beaches in the vicinity for any sign of the two men. Weather conditions are relatively good.
Mayor of Sokndal Trond Arne Pedersen says to local paper Dalane Tidene the local community is in shock.
“This is a terrible accident which is affecting people strongly as it gradually dawns on them.” The rest of the film crew have been offered crisis counselling.
Sverre Anker Ousdal, who plays one of the main characters in “Skumringslandet”, a film about the Black Death set in 1349 Norway, told NRK yesterday, “I am just as stunned as all the others. You work very closely with others when you are on a film set. I’m thinking of those left behind now.”
In other news, a falling tree killed a 53-year-old man whilst out walking his dogs yesterday near Fana in Bergen.
Sunday’s storms also toppled trees in other parts of the country. Roger Bergstø, his legal partner, and 2 children had a lucky escape after his car was crushed.
“We came round a bend and saw some fallen trees ahead in the road. I put the car in reverse to start backing up when another one fell just behind us,” NRK reports him as saying.
Mr Bergstø told Bergens Avisen, “I got my family out at the last minute. Things could have gone horribly wrong. The top of a tree hit the bonnet, then smashed the car.”
Meanwhile, Norway’s National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) reports several problems today. Landslides have closed the Bergensban in Aurland at Myrdal station, also collapsing part of a building. Alternative transport has been arranged between Ål and Voss, and westbound trains are running as far as Finse/Hallingskeid. Flåmsbana is closed until further notice.
Landslides and bad weather have also closed several roads, with delays expected on national roads (riksvei) Rv13 between Odda and Kinsarvik in Hordaland County. Rv7 over Hardangervidda has single-file traffic.
According to NRK, main roads (fylkesvei) Fv550 in Hordaland between Odda and Utne, and Fv241 between Gudvangen and Bakka in Sogn og Fjordane have also been affected.
Fv55 over Sognefjellet is still closed, with several closures on Fv63 between Geiranger (Møre og Romsdal), and Langvatn (Strynefjellet). Trollstigen (Møre og Romsdal) is still closed.
Moreover, whilst Fv51 over Valdresflyet in Hedmark County, and Fv815 in the County of Nordland between Valberg and Stamsund are closed, ferry services between Hofles-Geisnes-Lund in Nord-Trøndelag, and Vennesund-Holm in Nordland have been cancelled.
Latest figures suggest "Berit" has caused damage totalling 50 million kroner.