Teen girls find ‘human foot’ in Swedish forest

Police were left scratching their heads after teenage girls playing in the woods in southern Sweden discovered what appeared to be a human foot, but which experts later revealed to be something much more unexpected.

Teen girls find 'human foot' in Swedish forest

The girls were playing in the woods on Saturday just outside of Landskrona in southern Sweden, when one of them noticed something “boney” on the ground in a clearing.

“I was a bit disgusted, we thought it was a hand at first,” one of the girls told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The girls contacted the police, who took the suspected foot with them, and who contacted pathologists for extra help.

“The officers took the foot with them and contacted pathologists with a picture of it,” Eva-Lotta Hermansson Truedsson of the Skåne police told the TT news agency on Monday morning.

Pathologists, however, could not confirm from the picture whether the skeletal find was indeed a human foot.

“It has rotted and is mostly skeletal parts,” Hermansson Truedsson explained.

Police held off on an investigation pending further results from the experts, and were no doubt relieved to learn later on Monday afternoon that the bones were not of the human variety.

Nor was it a foot, or a hand, in fact. Experts explained that the wayward appendage was the frontal flipper of a seal.

Accordingly, the local police ditched any plans of an investigation.

“It’s no crime at all that there was a seal flipper lying there,” Hermansson Truedsson said.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”