Six-year-old survives seven storey fall

A six-year-old boy survived a fall from a seventh floor apartment in Gothenburg on Friday evening, due in part to the actions of a quick-thinking passerby.

According to police spokesperson Pia Goksöyr, two officers were on patrol near the building, located on Brunnsbotorget on the island of Hisingen, when they saw the boy dangling from a window as they approached the building.

One of the officers then rushed into the building and up the stairs to the apartment in an effort to reach the boy before he fell.

“He ran to the window, but when he got there it was too late,” Goksöyr told the TT news agency.

“The boy had already fallen.”

But before the boy hit the ground, his fall was partially broken by a man who attempted the catch him, reducing the boy’s injuries and possibly saving his life.

“There was a man who saw the boy hanging from the window and tried to catch him,” said Goksöyr.

“The man succeeded in partially catching him.”

The boy was taken to Sahlgrenska University Hospital and is now being cared for at Sahlgrenska’s Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital in Gothenburg.

His condition is serious, but stable, according to the hospital.

“His condition isn’t life threatening,” said hospital spokesperson Göran Samuelsson to TT.

Police are investigating the matter as a tragic accident and have no suspicions that a crime was committed.

“It may be that the boy shut himself in his room to be by himself and the parents outside the door in the apartment were unaware of what had happened,” said Goksöyr.

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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.