13 Dutch hikers stranded in Norwegian mountains

2016-02-26 18:30
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Oslo - Thirteen Dutch hikers are stranded in the mountains of central Norway, where rescue helicopters are unable to reach them because of blizzards and worries about avalanches.

The police said on Friday that the hikers, aged between 25 and 40, were stranded in a mountain valley about 2 000m high and about 400km northwest of Oslo.

They started from the village of Bjorli on February 21 and were scheduled to return on Saturday, police said.

"Several hikers have sent distress messages via satellite on Friday morning," said Atle von Obstfelder, an operations chief for the Norwegian police's mountain rescue service.

Helicopter rescues were attempted twice on Friday, but pilots were forced to turn around because of poor visability because of the snow and concerns about triggering avalanches, he said.

Seven snowmobiles were then dispatched, but "because of the snowy conditions, we are having some difficulty getting to them," Obstfelder added.

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