Three hurt as Stockholm ferry rams quay

Three people were hospitalized after a ferry rammed into the quay at Slussen in central Stockholm on Saturday.

Three hurt as Stockholm ferry rams quay

“It was very scary to be onboard,” said ferry passenger Iben Linde to news agency TT.

Emergency services, police and ambulance were quickly at the scene after several passengers sounded the alarm that the ferry from Djurgården had rammed into the quay at Slussen.

Linde, who is on holiday in Stockholm, told how the ferry was travelling at a high speed. He told of how he saw one injured passenger who was bleeding profusely from a head wound.

“It was a very, very hard smash. A lot of children were sad and scared,” she said.

According to Kent Johansson at the Stockholm fire brigade, no one was seriously hurt. Although many were left suffering from shock.

“Naturally, a whole ferry full of people which crashes straight into a quay and everyone more or less falls over – many become worried and shocked,” he said.

A section of Skeppsbron was closed off after the crash and a large number of people congregated on the quay.

One theory behind the crash is that ferry staff did not get the ferry into reverse in time. Police are now investigating the accident and the Maritime Inspectorate Office (Sjöfartsinspektionen) has inspected the vessel.

The captain of the ferry has furthermore been tested for drunk driving but was found to be sober.

TT/The Local/pvs

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).