The police have completed the rescue operation in Reisa River.
Police put Thursday afternoon launched a major rescue operation after an entourage of ten canoeists came apart in Reisa river in Reisadalen. By 16 o’clock the police could finally conclude that all were accounted for.
– The last two are found in good walking along the river. Thus, all found and rescue operation ended, says Morten Augensen in Operations Troms Police VG.
Notification of overturning
– Initially there was talk the canoes that had overturned in the river so we drove full turnout here in case people were in need. After we got in touch with more and more we scaled down the rescue operation, said operations manager.
For three-time was still two of the ten canoeists reported missing. Police then got into the message that it was made observations about two people walked along the river and got just before 16 confirmed that it was the last two canoeists as they come within cellular coverage.
– There are certainly there is a good news, says Augensen.
A couple of helicopters and three riverboats have helped in the search, in addition, there have been people on the land along the river that has helped in the rescue operation. Canoe Procession was police dispersed over a wide area.
According to police were rescue efforts challenging due to lack of mobile coverage and lack of road right up to the place.
the water flow has increased sharply in the river in recent days. Parts of the river has powerful rapids
– There has also been a road that has collapsed and led many trees have fallen into the river. Much driftwood in the river has therefore been a challenge for riverboats, says Augensen.
Future of the North was the first case and reported that police from Nordreisa sheriff’s office and ambulance caught up by 12.00 Thursday out the message was that a tour mates had difficulties in Reisadalen.