AVALANCHE UPDATE: Nikoline Røkenes, 2, second person killed in Saturday’s avalanche

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Nikoline Røkenes, 2, buried for two hours in parents’ home with her sister Pernille, 3, is the second person killed in Saturday’s avalanche, the family confirmed Monday.

“You are living in a nightmare you never wake up from and what has happened is incomprehensible,” her father, Kim Rune Røkenes, who is Longyearbyen’s energy chief, wrote in a message posted at the city’s website Monday afternoon.

The rest of his message, translated and unedited:

“Cannot believe it. Pernille and Nikoline got away from us after the avalanche, and the digging started right away.

I vaguely remember that I saw hundreds of volunteers who were helping with the rescue and those who stood out there are some wonderful strong everyday heroes that we never give enough thanks to. Miracles happened and after two hours our kids found and taken to hospital in Longyearbyen and further to Tromsø.

Very cold, they fought for their lives, together with another who was in the same room. Pernille was a shockingly great joy when it was clear that she would be fine again and Nikoline an endless, bottomless grief that can not be described. Unreal.

It was a fantastic effort by all who were present at the hospital in Longyearbyen; they did everything they could plus a little extra. The same in Tromsø – they never gave up and hoped to the last. It was the best of the best who helped.

“We have received lots of help and support from friends and family, the Svalbard family and hospital personnel – now there’s just a completely hellish way ahead, but Pernille is the focus .”

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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One thought on “AVALANCHE UPDATE: Nikoline Røkenes, 2, second person killed in Saturday’s avalanche

  1. I am in Longyearbyen over New Year from the UK. This is a sad sad event, that must have hit the whole community. I cannot help, but I lit a candle in the Longyearbyen church a few days ago for Nikoline, and today, 1st January 2016, I have lit one for Pernille. I hope she will have happy memories of her little Sister one day. I wish the family peace in the future.

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