Gothenburg men survive plane crash

Two Gothenburg-area residents were found alive after spending 17 hours in bitter cold temperatures when the small aircraft they were flying crash landed in icy waters near Iqaluit in northern Canada on Sunday night.

Oliver Edwards-Neil, a 25-year-old Australian and his Danish flying companion, 45-year-old Troels Hansen, were found wandering on a patch of floating ice by a passing fishing boat.

Both men reside in Gothenburg, where Edwards-Neil is studying to be a pilot, according to Australian newspaper, The Age.

“They were wandering around on the ice, are suffering from hypothermia, but are doing well considering the circumstances, said Swedish foreign ministry spokesperson Gufran Ad-Nadaf to the TT news agency.

According to The Canadian Press news service, the twin-engine Cessna Skymaster crashed about 160 kilometers south of Iqaluit shortly after the pair radioed in to say that they were having engine problems after take-off from Baffin Island on their way back to Sweden.

“They’d lost one engine and then, quickly after, lost the second engine and unfortunately ended up crashing into the water,” said Halifax rescue centre spokesperson Mike Bonin to The Canadian Press.

A search and rescue operation was launched shortly after the crash and includes both private and military aircraft, as well as a nearby fishing boat.

According to Bonin, the weather is clear but extremely cold and there is a great deal of ice in the area.


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.