Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge

A man in his late seventies was killed after falling around ten metres on the Besseggen mountain ridge in Oppland county on Thursday, police have confirmed.

Man dies in fall from popular Norwegian mountain ridge
Afile photo of Besseggen. Photo: Lise Åserud/NTB Scanpix

The man is thought to have died instantly from injuries sustained in the fall, NRK reports.

“He fell down the slope injured his head on a rock,” Jo Øien of the Innlandet police district told the broadcaster.

Police were alerted to the accident at 11:30am on Thursday. The man was reportedly walking with family when he fell around ten metres from the Besseggen ridge.

“Nodody saw exactly what happened so we don’t know whether, for example, he tripped. The wind was not much of a factor,” Øien added.

A helicopter was despatched to rescue the man but his life could not be saved.

One of Norway’s most popular mountain routes, Besseggen receives up to 60,000 visitors annually.

Located in the Jotunheimen region, the ridge is 1,743 metres above sea level and splits the Gjende and Bessvatnet lakes. At the narrow, middle part of the bridge, the drop down to the Gjende lake is almost 400 metres.

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Ten tourists injured in Norway island boat crash

Ten British tourists have been injured in Norway after a high-speed boat crash propelled them into the icy sea “like dolls”.

Ten tourists injured in Norway island boat crash
The tourists spent 15 minutes in the Arctic waters. Photo: Gunnar Berg/NTB scanpix
Norwegian police said a total of 24 people, including three local crew, had been on board the rigid-inflatable boat when it collided with Selbanes Sail, an ornamental fountain at the harbour entrance in Harstad, north of the Arctic Circle. 
Nils Mehren, a local reporter with Norway’s state broadcaster NRK, said that the impact had thrown people into the sea “like dolls”, according to news agency AP. A following boat was also caught up in the accident. 
Local police said that two of those involved in the accident had been seriously injured, including the boat's driver.
Four of the tourists were still being treated in hospital in Harstad on midday Friday, NRK reported. 
“Two of them are slightly injured and will be discharged during the day. One has moderate injuries and one is still seriously injured, but stable,” Per Christian Johansen, press officer at the University Hospital of Northern Norway, told NRK.  Another victim is bring treated at a hospital in Tromsø. 
After the collision, which took place at 3pm, ten British tourists and the boat's driver spent 15 minutes in the icy water.
Local police chief Tom Harder Johannessen told NRK on Friday that the investigation into the accident would be passed to a neighbouring force.
“The reason for this is that the company that operates the boat involved is owned by two policemen in Harstad. One is retired, while the other is still working for the police,” he said.  
The tourists, who arrived in Norway on Wednesday, had been on the “Arctic Fjord” package tour arranged by the travel company Inghams. 
Harstad is the main town on Hinnoya, Norway’s largest coastal island, and is the gateway to the Lofoten Islands, a popular tourist attraction.