Four Swiss die in avalanche in Norway

The Swiss foreign ministry has confirmed that four of five Swiss buried by an avalanche in northern Norway have been killed. A French person also died.

This content was published on March 19, 2012 - 19:34 and agencies

One Swiss could be pulled out alive after the snowslide near Tromsø on Norway’s Arctic coast, it added.

The six tourists were part of a group of 12 people out trekking in the area when the avalanche struck near Sorbmegaisa mountain at the beginning of the afternoon, police said.

The victims were wearing avalanche transceivers which guided about 30 rescuers with dogs digging through the snow. Police and military helicopters were also sent to the site.

Police said avalanches were common in the area.

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