Pupils stranded upon glacier overnight

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A Sea King helicopter attended the late-night rescue operation on the Jostedalsbreen glacier in west Norway. Photo: Morten Holm Scanpix
09:15 CEST+02:00
A group of school children and their teacher were stranded overnight on a mountaintop in Norway after bad weather prevented their descent on Wednesday.

The incident began on Tuesday afternoon after 15 high school pupils and their teacher became stranded on the Jostedalsbreen glacier in west Norway. Weather condition quickly changed around 5pm on Tuesday, bringing a dense fog and forcing the group to take camp 2,000 meters above sea-level.

The group was brought down early Wednesday morning by helicopter, but only after the first rescue attempt on Tuesday night had to be aborted due to the weather.

The rescued party was taken to the nearby Jostedal Hotel where ambulance and police were on hand to take care of them. Nobody was injured, Sogn & Fjordane police have confirmed.

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Police chief Per Rimmen said to NRK: “They are in good shape. The two first [students] being picked up, were the most affected by hypothermia, but there was an ambulance ready from where they landed.”

Police received a call at 2.37pm on Tuesday that 15 students and a teacher from Nordhordland Folk High School, near Bergen, got stuck on their descent down the 2,083 meters tall mountaintop Lodalskåpa in Sogn & Fjordane, due to dense fog.
Several local rescue crews assisted in the rescue operation.

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