Swedish smoker falls overboard
TT/The Local · 7 Jun 2007, 11:59
Published: 07 Jun 2007 11:59 GMT+02:00
A young Swedish man fell overboard on Thursday morning from a passenger ferry docked at the port of Mariehamn on the Baltic island of Åland. He was rescued by an alert diver.
The 20-year-old man was sitting on a railing smoking a cigarette when he lost his balance and plunged into the water.
Staff on the Birka Paradise threw out a life ring but the rescue effort was hampered by the simultaneous departure of the Tallink Romantica. The current generated by the ship's propellers pushed the young man northwards.
A diver who witnessed the events jumped in to the water and swam out to the man. The two men were later picked up in a small boat.
Both were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
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