Missing man found dead in Gothenburg harbour

A body found floating in the Göta Älv in central Gothenburg on Saturday morning has been identified as a 43-year-old man reported missing in October.

“We shall see what the forensic investigation shows, but at the moment we don’t suspect a crime,” said Thomas Fuxborg at Västra Götaland police.

Juha Jonsson was found by a passer-by on Saturday morning ending a search which had begun when he disappeared after spending an evening at the Sticky Fingers pub.

The man told the Göteborgs-Posten daily how he saw something floating off the shore close to the Rosenlund ferry terminal in central Gothenburg.

“My first thought was ‘there is a doll lying there’. But I looked a little closer and realized that it was something else. Something that had been lying there a long time,” he said.

The man called the police who were able to identify the man thanks to an identification card found in his pocket.

Jonsson’s family were informed of the find at around lunchtime on Saturday.

“It is Juha’s body. It feels good to have a confirmation but my reaction will have to wait until I have been to the morgue and seen the body,” Juha Jonsson’s brother told the newspaper.

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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.