Two die in lift crash at Swedish mine

Two people have been killed after a lift crashed down a shaft at a mine in Malmberget in northern Sweden at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Two die in lift crash at Swedish mine

The lift cage plunged down the shaft at the Vitåforsgruvan in Malmberget, with further details on the the number of casualties as yet unknown.

“There were two people onboard the lift at the time. Both were killed in the accident,” said Anders Lindberg at mining firm LKAB which has called in its crisis group.

The last time a fatal accident occurred at an LKAB mine was in Kiruna in February 2008, when a 21-year-old was buried under falling scree 700 metres underground after subsidence.

Several months later eight people were trapped in a the mine at Malmberget after a car set alight. The men were rescued after six hours, tired and hungry but unhurt.

During the 1990s a total of four people were killed in mining accidents in Sweden, a significant decrease on the 1960s which experienced an average death toll of 15 miners per annum, either in landslides or in machinery accidents.

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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.