Ferry passenger forced to jump overboard

A 28-year-old man thought to have forced a younger man to jump off the deck of a Viking Line ferry – a fall of some 27 metres – is under arrest in Stockholm on suspicions of attempted murder.

Ferry passenger forced to jump overboard

The drama unfolded on the deck of the Viking Line ferry Cinderella around 4pm on Sunday as the boat was moored at the Stadsgårds pier in Stockholm.

The man who jumped overboard managed to survive the fall and get back onboard the boat

“He was able to find a ladder on the stern of the boat,” Bengt Hellström of the Södermalm police told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“He was really lucky to survive. If he’d twisted in the slightest, we would have been killed by the impact with the hard water.”

The 28-year-old man was arrested by guards onboard the ferry and then turned over to police.

The victim was taken to hospital, but escaped the harrowing fall without sustaining any serious injuries.

It remains unclear exactly what prompted the man to jump over the ferry’s railing and into the chilly waters of Stockholm harbour.

“They were travelling together, but they reportedly had made each other’s acquaintance rather recently,” Hellström told the paper.

Police have classified the incident as attempted murder.

“If a person forces a someone to jump 27 metres down into the water, that person should realize that normally, you don’t survive,” said Hellström

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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).