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Swede success Irish hikers stranded on Sweden's highest mountain in -10C conditions rescued

The hikers were able to stay in a hut on the mountain overnight as they waited for help.


(Photo: Google Maps)

(Photo: Google Maps)

(Photo: Google Maps)

Six Irish hikers have been rescued from Sweden’s highest mountain after becoming stranded overnight.

The Swedish Mountain Rescue received an emergency call from the group of men on Sunday night, but due to cloudy conditions, the rescue operation was postponed until first light on Monday morning.

The hikers were able to stay in a hut on the mountain overnight as they waited for help.

They were airlifted from the summit of Kebnekaise by helicopter this morning and were then transported to hospital in the city of Kiruna.

Rickard Svedjesten, President of the Swedish Mountain Rescues National Organisation, said that the group were not professional climbers and some were wearing unsuitable clothing such as t-shirts and shorts.

However, Mr Svedjesten confirmed that “everyone is fine” despite the incident.

Speaking to RTÉ, he said: “It started last night at 9.30pm. The Mountain Rescue got an emergency call.

“It was that there were three climbers lost on the biggest mountain in northern Sweden, Kebnekaise, but that information was wrong.

“They were not climbers. They had no equipment, and their clothing was very bad.

“There were six people and they were aged around 30.”

Mr Svedjesten added that the group were lucky as temperatures on the mountain were “really cold.”

“There is still snow at the top and there are even glaciers in that area. Last night, the temperature was below zero. It was –10C,” he said.

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He said that everyone makes the same mistake and recommended that people check the weather forecast before tackling Kebnekaise and prepare accordingly by checking equipment and letting others know where they are going.

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