Swedish skier killed in avalanche at Gulmarg

SRINAGAR, Jan 18: A Swedish skier died while another was rescued by police today after an avalanche struck the Gulmarg skiing resort of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
“An avalanche struck near second phase Gondola cable car on Affarwat peak in Gulmarg in which two skiers got trapped,” a police spokesman said.
One skier, identified as Daniel from Sweden, has died, the spokesman said, adding another Swedish national, Benjamin was rescued by ski rescue team of the police.
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Javaid Mustafa Mir on Thursday said that the government will enquire how the foreigner skiers were allowed in avalanche prone area.
While making a statement in the Legislative Assembly regarding the Avalanche incident that occurred at Gulmarg wherein one Swedish skier namely Daniel died and another namely Benjamin was seriously injured, Mr Mir said that the injured is currently being treated at Tangmarg hospital.
The body of Daniel has been retrieved and kept in Tangmarg hospital. He said the government will make arrangements for shifting the body of the deceased skier to his native place and extend all necessary treatment and support to the injured, he said.
Responding to a point raised by MLA Mubarak Gul and MLA Altaf Ahmed Wani in the House, the Minister said that administration had already issued timely avalanche warnings and advisory for the visitors not to tread into avalanche prone areas.
He said the Government will enquire into the lapses and circumstances under which the authorities allowed them to the avalanche prone area despite advance warning.
The Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic death of the Swedish skier and extended heartfelt condolences to his family on behalf of the State Government.