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Home* News and Stories → 26 ended their Eas­ter holi­days in the SAR heli­co­p­ter in Spits­ber­gen

26 ended their Eas­ter holi­days in the SAR heli­co­p­ter in Spits­ber­gen

Eas­ter is high sea­son for the out­doors in Scan­di­na­via, and the same is true for Search and Res­cue (SAR) for­ces – depen­ding on the wea­ther. This year, the wea­ther was not very sta­ble during the Eas­ter wee­kend, with lots of snow­fall and some strong winds, which in some regi­ons reached gale for­ce.

In the end, the local SAR for­ces had to air­lift 26 per­sons out from their Eas­ter trips. This inclu­des a group of 19 on Aka­de­mi­kar­breen (not 16 as men­tio­ned ear­lier), who had got stuck in bad wea­ther, with 2 tents alrea­dy des­troy­ed in gusts. They got their ride back to Lon­gye­ar­by­en on Satur­day. The same day, a per­son was evacua­ted from Petu­nia­buk­ta (near Pyra­mi­den) after a snow mobi­le col­li­si­on. Yes, such a thing can hap­pen, even in the wide-open wil­der­ness of a fro­zen fjord. Espe­cial­ly in strong winds with poor visi­bi­li­ty.

Bey­ond this, one per­son had to be air­lifted from Kapp Lin­né and ano­t­her one from the rese­arch ves­sel Lan­ce, both with inju­ries.

All per­sons are well, the­re were no serious inju­ries.

Hap­py Eas­tern …

The SAR heli­co­p­ter in Spits­ber­gen during an exer­cise. 26 went back to Lon­gye­ar­by­en with it during the last wee­kend.

SAR helicopter

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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