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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

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