SHARE
COPY LINK

OFFBEAT

Speedboat splits small vessel in two

A father and son were fortunate to escape with only minor injuries on Midsummer Eve when a speedboat sliced their small craft in two off the coast of Gothenburg.

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.

“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.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

OFFBEAT

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
SHOW COMMENTS