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Boy watched as granddad dragged out to sea

A man in his seventies has been reported missing after having fallen overboard on a fishing trip near Varberg in western Sweden. The man's 11-year-old grandson tried to save him but was unable to hold on.

The pair were out fishing off shore when the man stumbled and fell into the water at around 4pm on Tuesday.

The 11-year-old boy was able to hold on to his granddad for a several hours and as the boat approached a harbour he could no longer hold on.

The boy was then forced to watch as his granddad was pulled out to sea by the strong tide.

The boy managed to steer the boat into Bua harbour and called for help at around 6pm. When he reached safety the boy was suffering from severe shock and was taken into the care of relatives, the local Hallands Nyheter reported.

The Swedish sea rescue service (Sjöräddningen) launched a search and rescue operation on Tuesday evening but were unable to locate the man despite the deployment of divers and a helicopter.

The man was not wearing a life-jacket and the chances of finding him are considered slight.

“We are doing all we can, but it doesn’t look good,” said Annika Vestergård at Sjöräddningen.

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ACCIDENT

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.

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