Injured Camper Torches Norway Island

Signal fire becomes wildfire

Nick Davidson

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A Canadian man who was stranded with a broken foot while camping on a remote Norwegian island built a signal fire that engulfed the island on Thursday. The 25-year-old unidentified tourist broke his foot in a fall hiking alone on Hillesoy, a rugged island of just 800 people with no cell service. “He lay there for three days waiting to be discovered, but on the third day … he realized he had to do something himself,” Joran Bugge, the officer who led the rescue operation, said. The man produced smoke signals for rescue, but the fire torched his tent and spread out of control. Twenty firefighters and two military helicopters subdued the flames by evening. Police will not take action against the man for starting the illegal fire.

Read more at The Daily Mail

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