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100s of foreign tourists in dramatic Pulpit Rock rescue. STAVANGER: Several hundred people needed help on Pulpit Rock as cold and stormy conditions hit western Norway, Monday and Tuesday. “It was chaos. Between five and six people were considered to be in a serious to critical condition. An air ambulance took one of them to Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) to be treated for hypothermia,” Arne Alsvik, regional Norwegian People’s’ Aid leader tells The Foreigner. The tourists, who were either on their way up to, or down from the world-famous tourist spot, were taken by surprise by the weather.

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100s of foreign tourists in dramatic Pulpit Rock rescue

Published on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 at 20:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th August 2016 at 12:58.

STAVANGER: Several hundred people needed help on Pulpit Rock as cold and stormy conditions hit western Norway, Monday and Tuesday.

Pulpit Rock, western Norway
This photo taken on top of Preikestolen was taken in 2010.Pulpit Rock, western Norway
Photo: Åsmund Helmark/Flickr


“It was chaos. Between five and six people were considered to be in a serious to critical condition. An air ambulance took one of them to Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) to be treated for hypothermia,” Arne Alsvik, regional Norwegian People’s’ Aid leader tells The Foreigner.

The tourists, who were either on their way up to, or down from the world-famous tourist spot, were taken by surprise by the weather.

Water was flowing down the path and terrain like a waterfall, with visibility between zero and 50 metres (0-165 feet), according to Mr Alsvik.

Water cascading down the path
Water cascading down the path
With kind permission of Arne Alsvik
“Several tens of people needed First Aid and many were chilled to the bone,” he says. “Many of them were disorientated, and confused. Some didn’t even know their own name, and many just wanted to sit down and not go anywhere.”

Other tourists had to be ordered to help those in need to negotiate the terrain.

“But while many asked for help to make it down, the rest made it back safely under their own steam. We’re very lucky that nobody died,” Arne Alsvik concludes.

In another incident, police were notified at about 05:30 local time, Tuesday morning, of two German hikers needing assistance in Forsand municipality’s rocky Grautheller area in Lysefjord.

Strong winds and rainfall in Ryfylkeheiene had caused the tent that the holidaymakers were sleeping in overnight to collapse.

The terrified couple had to survive several hours in dark, windy, and rainy conditions, reports Stavanger Aftenblad.

Both were too cold and wet to walk, soaked to the bone, and feared that they would not be found.

Located by approximately 08:00, both were safely on board a Sea King rescue helicopter.

“We were extremely scared. We’ve never been so afraid,” 24-year-old Julian Steinborn told the regional publication after their ordeal. “We said we loved each other and that we’d survive this.”

Mr Steinborn and Gina Oertel, 21, were then taken to Ådnerdam Cub Scout Emergency Preparedness Camp where they could have a hot shower.

The bad weather also affected several offshore helicopter traffic departures from Stavanger Sola and Bergen Flesland Airports to the Ekofisk, Eldfisk, Troll, and Gullfaks fields.

Forecasters at Norway’s Met Office warn that Rogaland County will see heavy rain, predicting between 70 and 110 millimetres (about 2.75- 4.3 inches) in a period of 36 hours in some local places.

Westerly gusts of up to some 25 metres per second (roughly 56 miles per hour, Force 10 (storm/whole gale) on the Beaufort scale) are expected in exposed places towards Tuesday evening.




Published on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 at 20:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th August 2016 at 12:58.

This post has the following tags: pulpitrock, preikestolen, emergency, tourists, rescue, rogaland, paywall.





  
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