Two Swedes die in New Zealand car crash

Two Swedish women have died in a car crash while on holiday in New Zealand. The women, both in their early twenties, were from Jönköping in southern Sweden.

The accident occurred on Saturday night, Swedish time, as the pair were driving on a road near Whangarei on New Zealand’s north island.

Their car strayed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming car carrying two passengers. The Swedish women, both born in 1988, died on impact while the passengers in the other car escaped with minor injuries.

“I have no detailed information, but according to the information that I have received the roads were slippery. The embassy will submit a report,” Amelie Heinsjö at the Swedish foreign ministry said to local Jönköping newspaper Jnytt on Sunday.

Jnytt reported that the women’s families have been informed of the accident.


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.