A Norwegian had to be rescued in the mountains at the weekend after trying to cross the border to ski from Sweden in an attempt to escape the mandatory quarantine in Norway, police and relief services said on Monday.
“He was trying to return to Norway with the aim of looking for documents and then returning to Sweden, where he has a job in progress. However, to avoid quarantine, he decided to cross the border into the mountains,” said Trond Helge Rønning, of relief organization Norske Folkehjelp.
“In all, it would be about 40 kilometers,” according to the rescuer, based in Tydal, a Norwegian village near the border with Sweden, about 100 kilometers east of the city of Trondheim (center).
Surprised by the bad weather, late Saturday afternoon, the man found himself in difficulties after covering about 25 kilometers.
A reindeer herder was the first to help the man and then entrusted him to two fishermen a few kilometers away, near Lake Essandsjø, who awaited the arrival of the rescue services, according to Rønning’s account.
“It was damp and it was cold,” said the rescuer, describing a difficult area, “with very high mountains”.
The rescue services handed the man over to the police for violating the rules established to combat the covid-19 disease.
Under Norwegian rules, the man should have tested negative and spent ten days in a hotel quarantine, except for essential trips, a spokesman for the local police told AFP.
“It even applies to a Norwegian citizen,” said a Trøndelag district official, adding that the man is now quarantining a nearby hotel and would later be heard by the authorities.
According to local media, the plan was for his son to take him by car at the end of a path through the mountains.
According to Rønning, the man was very “upset and did not apologize”.
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