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Swedish girl, 16, dies in Alpine fall

A 16-year-old girl from Falun in central Sweden has died following a hiking accident in the French Alps.

Swedish girl, 16, dies in Alpine fall

The girl’s 22-year old sister is being treated in hospital in Chamonix in eastern France after the two girls and their brother plunged down the side of the La Vormaine mountain.

The three siblings were among a group of hikers who, for reasons unknown, took a wrong turn and fell down the mountainside near Le Tour.

The 22-year-old woman was taken to hospital by ambulance, while her 20-year-old brother survived the accident unscathed.

The Swedish foreign ministry has confirmed the death of the 16-year-old girl from Dalarna County but has not revealed any further details about the accident, news agency TT reports.

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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.

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