• Sweden's news in English

Speedboat splits small vessel in two

TT/Paul O'Mahony · 26 Jun 2010, 14:57

Published: 26 Jun 2010 14:57 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Kenny Jonsson, 47, and his son Andreas, 21, were headed for the island of Brännö to stock up on supplies for the festive evening ahead when the larger vessel sent both men flying into the water, newspaper Aftonbladet reports.

“It came at us so fast that we hardly had time to react,” Kenny Jonsson told the newspaper.

Andreas Jonsson sat at the back of the boat, while his father was sitting in the middle and just managed to jump out of the way in time.

“It rammed us right where I had been sitting. Our boat is five metres long and the one that rammed us is two and a half metres wide, so there wasn’t much that didn’t take a hit,” said Kenny Jonsson.

Incredibly, both passengers escaped with just grazes and some back pain. The driver of the speedboat has been reported for breaking the maritime code. According to the police report, the man was reading a map at the time of the collision and failed to see the smaller vessel.

Once the driver realized what had happened, he turned his speedboat around and helped the two men out of the water. He then brought them, and the remains of their boat, to Brännö.

Story continues below…

“He was completely distraught, really shaken. First we were angry as we lay there in the water but then we understood how shocked he was,” said Kenny Jonsson.

TT/Paul O'Mahony (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

10:25 June 27, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
I bet he will invest in a GPS and give up the maps.
13:03 June 27, 2010 by Pacey
Cmon he acted so he could get away with not paying compensation. Sue the guy for atleast a 100g's or impound his speed boat.
14:00 June 27, 2010 by calebian22

He wasn't drunk, apparently, and he came back to help out. Additionally he was fined for his actions. They should sue for 100 G's for what exactly? Keep your win-the-lottery-tort mentality in the US.
08:14 June 28, 2010 by hilt_m
lol this is sweden, you just can't sue for 100g's best they would get is 4000 each or something stupid like that.
14:13 July 1, 2010 by DamnImmigrant
@hilt_m' - "lol this is sweden, you just can't sue for 100g's best they would get is 4000 each or something stupid like that."

Excuse me but how about a new boat to replace the one he split in 2?

Otherwise - I agree that Sweden is much more civilized than the American "SUE THEM" mentality.
Today's headlines
Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available