Tag Archives: rescue
Spate of accidents, small avalanches causes for caution during sunny and busy Easter Week
Several accidents resulting in injuries and at least two small avalanches have occurred in the past few days as Svalbard enters one of its busiest weeks for outdoor excursions, according to The Governor of Svalbard and other officials.
Chilling conclusion: UNIS says faulty boat, last-second travel plans and safety training factors in manfunction at sea malfunction
A boat with a weak design, last-minute travel plan changes and a lack of proper safety training resulted in a dozen people being stranded and soaked on the icy sea between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen last month, according to an internal investigation by The University Centre in Svalbard.
Coast Guard rescues 12 UNIS students, staff from damaged and waterlogged boat after hours in -20C cold
A dozen students and staff at The University Centre in Svalbard spent seven bitterly cold and wet hours in a small boat at sea Friday – most of them pumping out water from a leak that caused the engines to fail – before being rescued by the Norwegian Coast Guard, according to officials.
A cruise ship with 146 people stranded in Hinlopenstredetdeu due to an engine failure just after midnight Saturday was towed back to Longyearbyen on Monday, according to The Governor of Svalbard.
Longyearbyen Kindergarten to remain closed permanetly
Longyearbyen Kindergarten, which faced an uncertain future after being closed last year, will now be shut down permanently because the city no longer has enough children to support more than two kindergartens.
Debris from homes wrecked by avalanche go to mainland
The remains of the 11 homes destroyed in the Dec. 19 were placed on a freighter for transport to the mainland last Wednesday. The Hagland Captain is carrying about 3,000 cubic meters of wood fragments, five or six large containers of hazardous materials such as appliances and windows, 12 vehicles, 21 snowmobiles, and several hundred meters of cables, according to LNS Spitsbergen Administrative Director Frank Jakobsen.
Woman charged with arson at Vei 222 faces years in prison
A woman in her 20s faces a minimum of two years in prison for arson in a row house, according to prosecutors who state the incident easily could have been resulted in multiple deaths.
Longyearbyen collects less trash, recycles 91 percent in 2014
The amount of household waste in Longyearbyen declined sharply in 2014, with 95 kilograms collected per capita compared to 177 kilograms the previous year, but the figure may be misleading, according to official figures from the Longyearbyen Community Council.