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The Foreigner Norway April snow spawns search and rescue operations. Several people were trapped and others missing due to a spate of bad winter weather, Sunday. In Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland County, 29 people had to spend some six hours in their cars after strong winds and snow surprised them following a hunting trip in the afternoon. One person was sent to hospital by ambulance, and a number of people were suffering from hypothermia.

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Norway April snow spawns search and rescue operations

Published on Monday, 15th April, 2013 at 07:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 15th April 2013 at 07:58.

Several people were trapped and others missing due to a spate of bad winter weather, Sunday.



In Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland County, 29 people had to spend some six hours in their cars after strong winds and snow surprised them following a hunting trip in the afternoon.

One person was sent to hospital by ambulance, and a number of people were suffering from hypothermia.

“I don’t know his condition. I believe the person had heart problems,” Officer Rolf Nysæther from Sel police station told NRK.

Red Cross and military personnel rescued all the affected people using tracked vehicles. They were then transported out by bus and given hot food and drink.

“They were chilled to the bone because they couldn’t keep the car engines running any longer because of the danger of carbon monoxide [poisoning],” said Gudbrandsdalen district police’s Arne Strøm.

Up to 25 cars were still at the location as of yesterday evening.

Six skiers in their 40s were also reported missing in the Dovrefjell mountain range in central Norway at about 7pm.

Red Cross volunteers, who set out on some 10 snow scooters accompanied by two dog patrols. It was also reported that four mushers were missing in the bad weather, unrelatedly.

A search and rescue operation was initiated to find the still at present missing mushers, the skiers were found in a mountain cabin during the night.

Officer Leif Berglund of Sør-Trøndelag district police thinks volunteers from the Red Cross performed extremely well with the difficult task they faced.

“It’s not easy driving snow scooters under these conditions in the middle of the night. The wind and avalanche danger concerned us. You have to be experienced and proficient to tackle something like this,” he explained.

Still in the Dovrefjell area, winds of up to about 16 metres per second (seven on the Beaufort scale, classified as moderate to near gale) blew and SUV and caravan off the road.

It is not believed anyone was injured in the incident. NRK’s Signe Karin Hotvedt, who saw the incident, said poor visibility hampered their journey down the mountain pass towards Dombås.

“We couldn’t see from post to post,” she concluded, following their drive at 15 km/h (some 9 mph).



Published on Monday, 15th April, 2013 at 07:28 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 15th April 2013 at 07:58.

This post has the following tags: norwaywinter, weathernorway.





  
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