Radio chat prompts sacking of ferry crash employee

An employee on one of the ships involved in the Gotland ferry crash in July, has been fired for talking to local radio.

The man was called in to his bosses at Destination Gotland, owners of the Gotland II ferry which collided with the Gotlandia II near Nynäshamn on July 23rd.

He was told that his position was being terminated as it company policy dictates that only the CEO is authorized to speak to the media, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Destination Gotland’s CEO Jan-Erik Rosengren confirmed that the employee has been sacked, but maintains that it had nothing to do with the company’s media policy.

“It is because he left his post. He was part of the security staff on board the vessel and should therefore have been taking care of the passengers. He instead chose to contact the radio station and make a statement,” Rosengren told news agency TT.

The two Gotland ferries crashed on July 23rd in thick fog off Nynäshamn. Around 1,900 passengers were onboard the ferries when the collision occurred resulting in a number of cancelled and delayed trips.

Investigators from the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens haverikommission – SHK) are still collecting information about the collision. Their final report on the accident could however take months to compile.

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