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Norway rescue operations double. Search and rescue personnel are assisting Norwegians in ever-higher numbers as expeditions become more popular, they say. “Unfortunately, there are some who overestimate their abilities and attempt something they don’t master,” the Red Cross’ Lars Atle Skorpen told NRK, “then we have to go out and assist [them].” Norwegians are known to be keen lovers of weekend walking/hiking out in the fresh air, despite their changing love of nature.

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Norway rescue operations double

Published on Wednesday, 31st October, 2012 at 15:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Search and rescue personnel are assisting Norwegians in ever-higher numbers as expeditions become more popular, they say.

An island near Kragerø, southern Norway
An island near Kragerø, southern Norway
Photo: ©2012 Ben McPherson/The Foreigner


“Unfortunately, there are some who overestimate their abilities and attempt something they don’t master,” the Red Cross’ Lars Atle Skorpen told NRK, “then we have to go out and assist [them].”

Norwegians are known to be keen lovers of weekend walking/hiking out in the fresh air, despite their changing love of nature.

Travel is also popular, despite the occasional unforeseen bout of tiredness or changeable weather conditions.

According to Norway’s Red Cross, the last few years have seen twice the number of people needing to be rescued on home soil, approximately 1,000 annually.

Young peoples’ increasing interest in slightly more extreme activities is also part of the cause.

Jon Halvorsen of Norwegian Peoples’ Aid advises people “if you’re going to move boundaries, then it’s best to do it together with someone who has more knowledge about this than you.”

“Unfortunately, almost all of the operations we are called out on could have been prevented. They could have been avoided if people had reconsidered things,” concluded Lars Atle Skorpen.



Published on Wednesday, 31st October, 2012 at 15:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaywalking, rescueoperationsnorway.


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