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Man drowns in central Stockholm sluice

TT/The Local · 1 Jun 2010, 12:04

Published: 01 Jun 2010 12:04 GMT+02:00

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According to the emergency services the man fell into the water by the sluice, one of the main water junctions from Lake Mälaren and the Baltic sea. The man is now missing, with fears that he was sucked through the floodgates and subsequently drowned.

Witnesses report the man voluntarily walked out onto the water to balance on some floating logs when he fell in the still bracing waters of the lake.

The man was heard calling for help as he was sucked through a drainage hole adjoining the lock and disappeared out into the Baltic.

Several rescue services boats searched the area for over an hour on Tuesday but to no avail and personnel have concluded that the man has probably drowned.

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"There is no hope of finding anyone alive," said Lars Lindberg at the Stockholm fire services to news agency TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:54 June 1, 2010 by villjobba
What was he trying anyways?. He could have known better... Mzungus like to take foolish risks in the mane of excitement and adventure. Life goes on!
13:24 June 1, 2010 by KingArthur
So thats why i was just stuck in traffic. Its sucks.. (No pun intended) but why be so stupid
17:09 June 1, 2010 by Johno
Its a "lock" in English and a "sluss" in Swedish. Where did the writer get sluice from ?
17:36 June 1, 2010 by Eric Cantona
Was using sluice an attempt to inject some humour into the headline. Was actually looking that section over the weekend and anything on the 'plug' side of the sponge-log-barriers things is only going one way...
19:30 June 1, 2010 by irishmark
Well the writer actually uses both words. Never been there myself, so can't say which is correct, but if it helps -

A sluice is a water channel that is controlled at its head by a gate (from Dutch word 'sluis'). Sluice gates are commonly used to control water levels and flow rates in rivers and canals.


A lock is a device for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways

07:51 June 2, 2010 by Serendipitiz
Looks like it's made it's way to the Darwin Awards...

09:50 June 2, 2010 by Åskar
He was dragged through a water channel going parallel with the lock in question.
11:25 June 2, 2010 by Byggare Bob
For those of you who may not have been there - Slussen is both a:

"Sluice gate used to control water levels and flow rates in rivers and canals" and a "device for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways"

it has a dual function - to control the water levels and to allow boats to pass from the lake to the sea which are at different levels.

Thus perfectly correct usage here.
11:45 June 2, 2010 by BrittInSweden
They spent a whole hour looking?

Wow, good work team you deserve a break.

Talk about giving up searching too easily.
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