Man dies following balcony crash

A 30-year-old man died, while another man was injured, when a balcony fell off the side of an apartment building in the northern Swedish town of Skellefteå on Friday night.

Man dies following balcony crash

One of the men was so severely injured he died at the scene. The second man is in intensive care, according to the hospital in Skellefteå.

The incident occurred on Norra Järnvägsgatan, where the balcony released from the wall and crashed down from the third floor.

Police have cautioned all residents in the building not to go out their own balconies. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

“We haven’t been able to establish that so quickly. We will first conduct a technical investigation,” Anders Björk, commander on duty at the Västerbotten police, told TT.

To the best of their knowledge, police believe both men were on the balcony when it came crashing down.

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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.