Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains

Two people rescued after being stuck in Swedish mountains
File photo of an avalanche warning sign. Photo: Erik Nylander/TT
Two people were stuck on a mountain in Abisko near the border with Norway.

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.