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Norwegian police release names of skiers killed by avalanche

Authorities have confirmed the deaths of three Finns and a Swede who disappeared five days ago while skiing in Norway's Tamok valley.

Armeijan helikopteri saapui Tamokdaleniin 4. tammikuuta.
A military helicopter and rescue workers arrive in Tamokdalen near Nordkjosbotn, Northern Norway, on January 4, to take part in the search for four missing skiers on nearby Blåbærfjellet. Image: Terje Bendiksby / AFP

Police in northern Norway on Monday announced the names of three Finns and one Swede who died under an avalanche on 2 January. They also released photos of the three Finnish men, with permission from their families.

The Finnish victims were Mikael Sten (29), Niklas Nyman (36) and André Stenfors (32). The Swedish victim was Disa Bäckström, 29. The Finns were from Swedish-speaking areas of Ostrobothnia, on the west coast.

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Kuvat kolmesta kadonneesta suomalaisesta Norjan tunturilla
Mikael Sten, Niklas Nyman and André Stenfors Image: / Yle Uutisgrafiikka

The four have been missing since last Wednesday, when there was a large avalanche close to the summit of Blåbærfjellet mountain, a 1442m peak in the Tamok valley.

On Friday, a helicopter detected signals from two transmitters under the avalanche. Rescuers saw ski tracks heading into, but not back out of the avalanche area.

Search efforts have been hampered by difficult, windy weather and avalanche risk, which continued on Monday.

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