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One dead in severe sailing accident

Published: 04 Dec 2011 11:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Dec 2011 11:48 GMT+01:00

Two more people have been hospitalized and are reportedly in severe condition, reported the Östergötland police's communication centre (LKC).

Gothenburg's sea rescue centre received a call at 9pm, reporting that the boat had begun taking in water after running aground. Onboard were three people, a man, a woman and their daughter, as well as the family's dog.

Both rescue boats and helicopters were dispatched, and were on the scene of the accident by 10pm, according to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

However, it took some time to find the boat, which was then already partially under water.

Two people, the man and one of the women, were found relatively quickly nearby the boat, both suffering from hypothermia, and immediately rushed to hospital.

The second woman wasn't found until 11.30pm, and was unconscious when raised out of the water, reported the paper.

She later died at Nyköpings hospital, where one more person is being cared for. The third person was taken to Vrinnevi hospital.

The police have yet to identify the victims.

The dog drowned.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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18:41 December 4, 2011 by planethero
Eastern Sweden.
20:52 December 4, 2011 by GLO
What is a Dumb Ass taking a child sailing in winter!!!!
21:34 December 4, 2011 by babychuma
Drysuits at this time of year! hypothermia happens pretty quick in these temps
07:40 December 5, 2011 by N18h7m4r3
They couldn't recognize if it was the mother or the daughter who died?

Agree that it was stupid to go sailing in freezing waters and that too in the late evening when it starts to get dark at 3 pm....may be they were moving the boat back to their home harbor and were in a kind of hurry.
23:58 December 5, 2011 by Mark S.
For thousands of years, people have known how to safely operate sailboats at nght and in the cold. You wouldn't say "What is a Dumb Ass taking a child in a car in the winter!", and a boat or airplane should be no different.
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