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Search-and-rescue operations in Spitsbergen: slight increase, but altogether normal

Sysselmannen and local Red Cross have documented a slight increase in the numbers of search-and-rescue operations (SAR) in Spitsbergen. The number has recently been near 80 per year, including evacuations of crew members from fishing vessels. There are cases where the rescue services are called in, as it seems, situations where it should not have been necessary, such as the recent case of two ski travellers who had completed less than 10 % of their intended route, but were too exhausted to continue even in good conditions. The Sysselmannen reminds everybody of the importance of good preparation and their own responsibility for individual safety.

Altogether, however, the use of SAR capacities is well within the frame of what they have been calculated and established for. The includes the recent Easter weekend, when traditionally a lot of people travel in the field. This is also due to the good weather conditions.

Potential major accidents which involve a larger number of persons remain a worry. Local SAR capacities are not sufficient for such major accidents.

SAR-helicopter of the Norwegian coast guard during an exercise in Spitsbergen.

SAR operations Spitsbergen - SAR-helicopter

Source: Sysselmannen

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