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Swedish man falls off Finland-bound ferry

The Local · 24 Jul 2012, 08:18

Published: 24 Jul 2012 08:18 GMT+02:00

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The man, described to be in his thirties, fell into the water at around 4.30am on Tuesday while the Silja Symphony was sailing around 30 kilometres south of Örö in the Finnish archipelago, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

The Finnish sea rescue service was dispatched to search for the man along with several other cruise ships, including the Viking Mariella and an Estonian vessel.

After a 90 minute search the man was spotted by the Silja Symphony and the sea rescue service was able to pluck him out of the cool waters with the help of a helicopter.

The man was taken to hospital in Turku and is reported to have suffered no serious injury.

"He had a slight injury in his leg and was cold, but he was in pretty good shape," said Samu Hiljanen at the Finnish Lifeboat Society to the newspaper.

According to Hiljanen the water temperature at the location of the accident was around 15-20 degrees Celsius.

It remains unclear why the man fell overboard.

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Your comments about this article

09:18 July 24, 2012 by muscle
Somebody pushed him perhaps ? or the idiot was drunk!
09:27 July 24, 2012 by EP
Probably drunk ...
09:28 July 24, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Drunk, no doubt!
12:48 July 24, 2012 by ZenMonk
The local, can you add some meat?
13:02 July 24, 2012 by robban70226
Absolutely Drunk out of his ass and making a fool of himself like a good Swede,.

He got what he seserved..
13:23 July 24, 2012 by Svensksmith
I'm sure he sobered up once he hit the water.
14:11 July 24, 2012 by B Slick
And the cost to recue him plus hospital costs? That cost should be paid by this fool who fell off the ship and should be paid by him in cash before he checks out of the hospital!
16:06 July 24, 2012 by soultraveler3
Anyone that's been on one of those cruises knows he was sh#tfaced and being stupid.
21:05 July 24, 2012 by treecat
Wait !

The rails on these "boats" are rather tall............I've arrived by train, bus, car and walking onto these ships. They have high rails for drunks, kids, idiots an others.
21:46 July 24, 2012 by Swedish Cat
Agree, you dont just fall off thease boats even if you are drunk or being pushed. Rails are high and designed to keep drunk people on the boat. He must have climbed.
22:51 July 24, 2012 by matona1
where were those sharks
23:27 July 24, 2012 by Smokebox
I did a sundsval/vasa cruise about 15 years ago and 90% of the people myself included where drunk. Went to bed around 5am and was forced to leave cabin by 7am. We had to walk around town for four hours before we could get back on the ship for home. Good memories. Ha
16:29 July 26, 2012 by johnny1939
yea Smokebox those were the days!!! If I did it today I would proba bly fall overboard too
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