Avalanche kills 5 foreign tourists
OSLO | Five people were killed and one person was dug out alive after Swiss and French skiers were buried by an avalanche Monday on Norway’s Arctic fringe.
Rescuers located the victims through beacons from their radio transceivers, but only the first person they found survived, a Swiss man who was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
A 3,000-foot wall of snow came crashing down on the skiers on Sorbmegaisa mountain, 40 miles east of the northern city of Tromso, police spokesman Morten Pettersen said.
The last victim was found buried under 20 feet of snow.
Four Swiss and one French skier died in the avalanche, which started at a height of 3,600 feet and was 2,000 feet long.