Norwegian skier still missing, Israeli tourist injured in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 12: An Israeli tourist was injured when he slipped during skiing while there was no trace of Norwegian woman skier, who went missing on January 8 afternoon in Gulmarg in Kashmir.

Official sources said Jan James Meacco from Isreal was skiing from Kongdoori to Gulmarg when he slipped and got injured. He was later rescued and admitted to a hospital.

Meanwhile, there was still no trace of a woman skier, Francesca Rongne, who went missing in Gulmarg on January 8 afternoon.

This was for the second time that the norwegian skier went missing in Gulmarg during the past two years. Last year she had a close encounter with death after she was caught in a snow storm but was rescued after several days.

The sources said rescue teams from police, Army and tourism department rushed to different directions. But so far failed to locate the missing skier.

The skier had checked in a hotel at Gulmarg on January 8 at 1430 hrs but left after 15 minutes for skiing, leaving behind her belongings in the hotel room. The hotel management said she did not disclose anything where she was going, the sources said. A missing report was lodged in police station at Gulmarg when she did not return following heavy snowfall on upper reaches.

Last year, Rongne went missing under similar circumstances when the entire belt experienced heavy snowfall followed by snow storm and avalanches.

However, she was rescued from a cave in which she had taken shelter for a few days.


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