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Injured Swedish teen spent night outdoors

An 18 year-old man suspected of fleeing from a road traffic control, fell down a precipice and was stuck lying in the woods with both legs broken for roughly twelve hours.

He was finally found, outside Tanumshede in Bohuslän, in southwestern Sweden, around 5pm on Saturday, according to local newspaper Bohusläningen.

At around 3am the night before, local police had tried to stop a car with three people in it.

However, the driver refused to stop, and the car drove on at full speed. Soon thereafter it was found in a ditch, but one person was missing.

The two people remaining in the car were arrested on suspicion of drug charges.

Around 1pm on Saturday the 18 year-old finally called emergency services SOS Alarm, pleading for help, and told them that he was lying in the woods severely injured.

Unfortunately he didn’t know where he was, and as telephone contact with him was broken soon thereafter, it took several hours for rescue services to find him.

The 18 year-old has now been taken to the hospital in Näl. According to local newspapers, he was badly affected by the hours spent in the woods in poor weather, with rain and storms.

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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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