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Two per­sons dead in moun­tain acci­dent in Horn­sund

Two per­sons died during a moun­tain hike in Horn­sund. They were a woman and a man who belon­ged to the crew of the Polish rese­arch sta­ti­on in Horn­sund. They had set out for a pri­va­te tour on Fri­day but did not return until the agreed time on Sunday morning, so the remai­ning sta­ti­on crew star­ted a search.

Map of Hornsund showing the research station and the mountain Kamkrona

Map of Horn­sund showing the rese­arch sta­ti­on and the moun­tain Kam­kro­na (acci­dent site). © topo­gra­phic base: Nor­we­gi­an Polar Insti­tu­te.

They had ascen­ded the moun­tain Kam­kro­na, which is part of Sofi­e­kam­men, a long, steep ridge on the west side of Bur­ger­buk­ta. Kam­kro­na is about 8 km east of the rese­arch sta­ti­on and 770 metres high, the east side of the moun­tain is very steep.

Two victims of mountain accident in Hornsund

The moun­tain ridge Sofi­e­kam­men on the west side of Bur­ger­buk­ta in Horn­sund. Kam­kro­na is a peak appro­xi­mate­ly in the midd­le.

Accord­ing to a press release by the Sys­sel­man­nen the two vic­tims died during a fall of several hund­red metres in an avalan­che. No fur­ther details are public so far. The vic­tims were reco­ve­r­ed by SAR for­ces of the Sys­sel­man­nen and brought to Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

Update: Accord­ing to Sval­bard­pos­ten, Sys­sel­man­nen poli­ce offi­cer Anders Hau­ge­rud told the Nor­we­gi­an news agen­cy NTB that the two appe­ar to have step­ped out on an over­han­ging snow bank on the moun­tain top. This was later con­fir­med.

As the fami­lies are infor­med, the names of the two decea­sed have been offi­cial­ly released. They were Anna Górs­ka and Michal Sawi­cki. Both had been working at the sta­ti­on, Anna as meteo­ro­lo­gist and Michal as geo­phy­si­cist.

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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