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Young man died in snow avalan­che

About 7 km south of Lonye­ar­by­en, in Farda­len, a 21-year-old Nor­we­gi­an was found dead under a snow avalan­che on Satur­day 24th of Janu­a­ry.

As the Sys­sel­man­nen reports, the poli­ce in Lon­gye­ar­by­en was infor­med on Satur­day noon about a lar­ge avalan­che in Farda­len which cove­r­ed parts of the snow­mo­bi­le track lea­ding through the val­ley. Res­cue teams of the Red Cross and the Sys­sel­man­nen were sent to the sce­ne of the acci­dent immedia­te­ly and about one hour after being infor­med they found the young man´s body. Des­pi­te of the quick reac­tion it was unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly too late for res­cuing him. The man´s body was lying clo­se to his snow­mo­bi­le which was also cove­r­ed by snow. No other per­sons could be detec­ted and as it tur­ned out later, no one else was mis­sing.

Farda­len is a popu­lar snow­mo­bi­le rou­te for trips to for examp­le Bar­ents­burg or to the deser­ted mining sett­le­ment in Cole­s­buk­ta. The dan­ger of avalan­ches in Farda­len is not given by par­ti­cu­lar­ly high and steep moun­ta­in­si­des, it occurs by the rou­te through the val­ley lea­ding through very nar­row and win­ding pas­sa­ges.

View into Farda­len

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Sources: Sys­sel­man­nen, Sval­bard­pos­ten

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