Girl loses finger in water slide mishap

A three year-old girl lost her finger in a water slide at at a camp site in Boden in in northern Sweden on Sunday.

Girl loses finger in water slide mishap

Bathers at an outdoor swimming pool were enjoying the brilliant sunshine on Sunday when events took a turn for the worse for one young girl enjoying the slide at Boden’s Camping in the far north of Sweden.

The three year-old girl was left nursing a painful injury after she lost her finger in her descent.

According to police reports, the girl was halfway down the slide, known as the “Ice Berg”, together with one of her parents when her finger got caught on something, and was partially torn off.

The girl was immediately shipped off in an ambulance, but the matter of finding the remains of the finger proved trickier.

“We closed off the entire pool to look for the part of the finger that fell off,” Peter Wallin, manager of Boden’s Camping, told regional newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren on Sunday.

The police are currently satisfied that the incident was an accident and have no suspects in the case.

“We have a formal investigation, but there’s no suspicion of a crime. If the materials were faulty, no one can be charged for it,” said duty officer Anders Calderäng to the newspaper.

The popular slide has been closed down, until the investigation is completed.

“This is the most severe accident that has occurred by the ‘Ice Berg’ since its inauguration, and we’ve had nearly a million rides per year,” said Peter Wallin.

The missing finger has since been found and taken to the hospital. However, no information has been released on the girl’s condition, or whether the finger has been successfully re-attached.

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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.