Six dogs die in Stockholm boating drama

A Swedish couple managed to survive a boating accident near Kapellskär north of Stockholm which claimed the lives of several of their dogs.

Amid desperate screams from a woman explaining that her boat was sinking, the call to emergency services was cut off

While coast guard officials weren’t able to determine to boat’s exact location before the call ended, several boats and helicopters were dispatched to the area to search for the distressed boaters Monday evening.

Eventually rescue workers found the woman and a man clinging for life near the sinking boat.

“Both were quite cold but feel fine otherwise,” said the coast guard’s Sven-Erik Pettersson to the Norrtälje Tidning newspaper.

Miraculously, a rescue helicopter also managed to pull one of the couple’s seven dogs out of the chilly waters.

While the one dog survived the ordeal, the six remaining dogs drowned.


Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.