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Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden

Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden

Published: 13 Aug 2010 10:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Aug 2010 10:22 GMT+02:00

Bus passengers were involved in a dramatic boat rescue in western Sweden on Friday morning as heavy rains led to flooding on the E20 in Halland, with the meteorological office forecasting continued wet weather for the weekend.

The driver of a bus operated by Västtrafik did not have time to notice that an underpass had been turn into a small lake on the main E20 road by Fjärås and Åsa in Halland in western Sweden.

The driver and his two passengers were able to hastily climb up to the roof of the bus and wait for help.

"They had to wait a while on the roof even after we arrived, as we didn't have a boat with us. First when a boat had arrived could be row out and collect them," said Hans Carlsson at the Räddningstjänsten emergency services in greater Gothenburg.

The underpass was then closed for traffic with plans to pump the water away before rains eased on Friday morning and the decision was taken to let the water drain away.

Sweden's meteorological office (SMHI) has forecast changeable weather for most areas of the country over the weekend with rainfalls expected on Friday and Saturday and some sunny spells on Sunday.

While much of Europe is bathed in sunshine and fires continue to ravage parts of Russia, much of southern and western Sweden is experiencing wet weather on Friday. The rains are set to push north through the day with some western areas experiencing rainfalls later, according to a forecast by SMHI meteorologist Gunilla Grafström.

Saturday is set to deliver more rain in northern and central Norrland and some areas of southern Götaland. The remainder of the country will however enjoy some sunshine with only the odd shower and temperatures of around 20-25 degrees Celsius.

While the risk of rain will persist through Sunday much of the country will enjoy warm, sunny weather as summer holidays begin to come to a close for many Swedes.

As work beckons next week, sunny weather will return to most areas with isolated showers and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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14:18 August 13, 2010 by villjobba
What a waste of resources... Couldnt they just swim out of the temporary pond after climbing on the bus roof? Its not as if it was a big lake or anything... or may be they didnt just know how to swim, but again that would be surprising... being in Sweden.
18:41 August 13, 2010 by mikmak
@villjobba

Yeah, real waste of resources getting a rowing boat to them. Hell they should have just been asked to take care of themselves after alerting 112. Compared to the totalled bus (~1 msek) that's peanuts.
21:33 August 13, 2010 by eddie123
perhaps they couldn't swim. and even if they could, the water could be contaminated. there is the likelihold of contracting some infection. they did the right thing by waiting for the boat.
23:11 August 13, 2010 by misssh
screw that i would have driven the big blue baby out of the puddle !!!!
03:17 August 14, 2010 by volvoman9
My question would have to be... How fast was he going to get that far into this puddle before realizing his error? I've seen this happen before but have never seen anyone drive such a large vehicle into them this far.
09:13 August 15, 2010 by Raiha
@villjobba #1

Never swim in floodwaters, no matter how proficient a swimmer you are, no matter how calm the water seems.

Floodwaters carry inherent dangers:

Contaminants - Sewerage, Fuel, Industrial Chemicals, Agricultural Fertilisers

Hidden Debris - Everything from trees and branches to cars, disintegrated sheds and houses, to barbed wire fences. Lots of particles with loose nails.

The water is never constant, the level may dramatically surge, rise or fall in an instant, and what may be slow on the surface can be swift below.

Only swim for it if the alternative is certain death.
19:28 August 16, 2010 by J Jack
could be row out?
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