Three German skiers found dead in Norway, fourth assumed dead
The Local · 20 Feb 2011, 13:06
Published: 20 Feb 2011 13:06 GMT+01:00
The Foreign Ministry confirmed over the weekend that the three bodies found in the southern Norwegian area of Sirdal, about 70 kilometres east of Stavanger, were those of three of four Germans who have been missing for several days.
Norwegian police were continuing the search for the fourth skier on Sunday.
German officials said the group consisted of a couple along with their daughter and son-in-law from Saxony. The group are thought to have planned to ski from Taumevatn to Heibergtunet last Sunday.
A local warned them not to try the trek because a snowstorm was expected, according to the Freie Presse newspaper. But the four continued their journey until eventually turning back as conditions worsened.
They had written their names in a ski hut just the day beforehand, 800 metres away from where three bodies and four rucksacks were found. The Norwegian police suspect they lost their orientation in the snow storm and failed to find their way back to the hut. They are assuming the fourth member of the group – a woman – is dead under the snow.