Swede dies in avalanche in Norway

A 33-year-old Swedish skier died Saturday after he was carried away by a snow slide in Breidalen in western Norway.

“Unfortunately it ended tragically,” Edmund Tofthagen, operation leader with Gudbrandsdal Police, told newspaper Expressen.

Two Swedes were going down the mountain when an avalanche occurred at around 5pm Saturday.

One of the skiers was able to avoid the mass of snow, but the other skier was dragged 200 meters down the precipice.

The man who was able to avoid the snow slide made a u-turn and saw his friend in the snow. He was able to quickly show rescue personnel where the man was when they arrived on the scene.

The 33-year-old man was found and taken via helicopter to Haukelan’s hospital in Bergen. He had serious internal injuries and was not able to be saved. Expressen reports that he died in the hospital.

According to the police, the men themselves caused the avalanche.

There was another man together with the group who sat in a car in the area, they said. “If he sat there filming his friends we don’t know, but whatever happened we know it was extreme skiing,” Knut Westby, task force leader for Gudbrandsdal Police, told newspaper Gudbrandolen Dagningen.

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