Swedish climber killed by avalanche in Norway

Swedish climber killed by avalanche in Norway
A 32-year-old Swedish climber died of his injuries on Thursday evening after being carried off by an avalanche in Norway earlier in the day.

The accident in Hemsedal in central Norway occurred on Thursday morning. The man died of his injuries in the afternoon, a spokesperson for Ullevåls sjukhus in Oslo confirmed.

He was in a group of three climbers planning to scale the ice on Skohornsfjället’s south face. The avalanche that pulled him with it measured 50 by 200 metres, reported the TT news agency.

“It appears they hadn’t begun the climb yet but were still on their way up when they were hit,” Stein Tronstad at the Norwegian Climbers Association said.

Emergency services rallied after the accident and a tracking dog found the man within two hours.

He was suffering extreme hypothermia when he was flown to the Norwegian capital for treatment. The hospital announced his death at 8.30pm.

He is the second victim of an avalanche in the Hemsedal area this year. On Christmas Eve, a 40-year-old man died when he was hit while skiing off-piste.

On December 27th, another man was taken to hospital after being struck by an avalanche, also off-piste.

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