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Yet ano­ther SAR ope­ra­ti­on in Spits­ber­gen: 16 ski­ers stuck in storm on Aka­de­mikar­breen

Eas­tern is high sea­son for the out­doors in the who­le of Scan­di­na­via, but unfort­u­na­te­ly also high sea­son for SAR (search and res­cue) ope­ra­ti­ons. On Eas­ter Sun­day, again an emer­gen­cy bea­con has been acti­va­ted in Spits­ber­gen. A group of 16 ski­ers, inclu­ding 3 gui­des, is curr­ent­ly stuck in a storm on Aka­de­mikar­breen, in cen­tral parts of eas­tern Spits­ber­gen, bet­ween New­ton­top­pen and Storfjord. With a satel­li­te pho­ne they infor­med the Sys­sel­man­nen that 2 tents are alre­a­dy des­troy­ed in the storm.

Next to the SAR heli­c­op­ters, which are curr­ent­ly on the way, the SAR forces are pre­pa­ring a snow mobi­le expe­di­ti­on, as it is uncer­tain whe­ther the heli­c­op­ters can land in the pre­vai­ling bad wea­ther.

Curr­ent­ly, the­re is no fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on about the situa­ti­on of the group available.

Aka­de­mikar­breen in strong winds. Curr­ent­ly, 16 ski­ers are stuck the­re in a storm, wai­ting for res­cue forces.

Akademikarbreen in storm

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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