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AVALANCHE

Avalanche kills man at Swedish ski resort

A ski patroller has died after being injured in an avalanche at the Funäsfjällen ski resort near Härjedalen in northern Sweden on Monday.

Avalanche kills man at Swedish ski resort

The accident took place on Monday afternoon when the man was carrying out a routine assessment of avalanche danger at the Tänndalen area of the Funäsfjällen resort.

But the man was suddenly swept down the hill in an avalanche which left him buried under the masses of snow.

Colleagues were able to dig the man out after about 45 minutes at which point he was taken to hospital in Östersund by helicopter.

Early Tuesday morning, however, the man died from his injuries.

Grönklittsgruppen, the company that manages the ski area, said it plans to review its procedures in light of the incident.

“We’re going to have a look at our procedures and the type of safety equipment that was used,” Torbjörn Wallin, head of the Grönklittsgruppen, told the TT news agency.

A woman who was also involved in the avalanche safety check sustained mild injuries.

The pair were working near the Hamra lift when the avalanche occurred in an off-piste area.

According to Wallin, the man who died was a very experienced ski patroller.

“He’s even conducted trainings in avalanche safety,” Wallin told TT.

On Monday, the avalanche risk at Tänndalen was at a level three on a five-level scale, which corresponds to a significant avalanche risk.

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MOUNTAIN

Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains

Two people were stuck on a mountain in Abisko near the border with Norway.

Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains
File photo of an avalanche warning sign. Photo: Erik Nylander/TT

One of them is understood to have got frostbites and needed help to get out of there, reports TT newswire.

An ambulance helicopter tried to reach their cabin, but was forced to turn back because of bad weather.

Mountain rescuers reached the site at noon. An hour later a police helicopter managed to get there and transported the pair to hospital in Jokkmokk.

Another rescue operation was launched in the area on Monday, after relatives raised the alarm when four people who had gone to the lake Pieskejaur yesterday did not return home.

There was no mobile coverage in the area and police decided to send out a rescue team to search for them. They were stood down just before 11am after the family made contact with the missing group.

There is currently a high risk of avalanches in the Abisko area. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency warns: “Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.”

National weather agency SMHI has issued a class-one weather alert for northern Sweden, warning of strong winds (50 km/h to 65 km/h) and snow in the north-west.