1 Italian man in Arctic avalanche in critical condition

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) " Norwegian authorities say a 50-year-old Italian tourist who was caught in an avalanche in Arctic Norway remains in a critical condition.

The Norwegian rescue services in northern Norway say two skiers were injured when an avalanche tumbled down Thursday shortly before 4 p.m. in Lyngseidet, east of Tromsoe. They were part of a group of nine.

The University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe said Friday one skier was in a critical condition while the other had minor injuries and wasn't hospitalized. No identities were given.

Norwegian news agency NTB says the risk of avalanche in the area was "considerable."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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