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US mountain hiker rescued. Norwegian search and rescue personnel have returned American Andrew Hanlon to safety following his overnight ordeal in freezing temperatures, Tuesday. Mr Hanlon left for mountain hiking trip on Gaustatoppen in Telemark County, southeastern Norway yesterday afternoon. He is currently on holiday in Norway after completing his US army service. Becoming lost, however, he had to alert police himself around 01:10 this morning. Nighttime temperatures were reportedly below zero with a cold wind. Local police say there was some snow in the area and it was foggy. 

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US mountain hiker rescued

Published on Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012 at 15:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norwegian search and rescue personnel have returned American Andrew Hanlon to safety following his overnight ordeal in freezing temperatures, Tuesday.

Gaustatoppen, Telemark, Norway
Gaustatoppen, Telemark, Norway
Photo: Johan Fredrik Øhman/Wikimedia Commons


Mr Hanlon left for mountain hiking trip on Gaustatoppen in Telemark County, southeastern Norway yesterday afternoon. He is currently on holiday in Norway after completing his US army service.

Becoming lost, however, he had to alert police himself around 01:10 this morning. Nighttime temperatures were reportedly below zero with a cold wind. Local police say there was some snow in the area and it was foggy. 

“I had to sit down on a mountain ledge because conditions were slippery and I couldn’t move further on,” Mr Hanlon told Norwegian broadcaster NRK this afternoon.

Several rescue attempts with a Sea King helicopter had failed earlier today due to bad weather but personnel, who had walked on foot from a safe landing place, eventually got to the American and helped him down off the ledge.

Uninjured, he was then taken to Rjukan hospital in warm and dry clothes for a check-up following examination by a doctor from the Sea King team on the spot.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the help I received and relieved I was found,” said Mr Hanlon. “I’ve never walked in the Norwegian mountains before but would really like to again. But next time I’ll follow the path.”



Published on Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012 at 15:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: ushikernorway, lostamericanhikerfound, norwayrescueoperation.


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