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Woman found dead in car that crashed into lake

The driver of a car that that veered off a bridge and sank to the muddy bottom of a Swedish lake on Monday was found dead in her vehicle early Tuesday morning.

Woman found dead in car that crashed into lake

The accident occurred around lunchtime on Monday on a bridge over the Ore Lake, in Furudal, central Sweden.

The car crashed into the lake’s chilly waters before sinking an estimated 15 metres to the lake’s muddy bottom.

“I saw a hand pressed against the window when the car sunk,” one witness named Åke, 71, told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Rescue efforts were hampered by poor visibility on the muddy lakebed as well as a strong current of the Ore River.

Emergency crews finally located the car around 2am with the help of a depth sounder following more than 12 hours of intensive searching.

“We found it about 50 or 60 metres from the bridge. It was upside down,” emergency team leader Jan Daniels told Aftonbladet.

Inside the vehicle, divers found a female victim.

According to Aftonbladet, she was around 75-years-old and lived in the area.

Around 5.30am, crews were working to retrieve the car from the bottom of the lake.

Where the vehicle was heading and what may have caused it to drive off the bridge into the water remains a mystery.

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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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