Swedish man dies in French caving accident

A 30-year-old Swedish doctor died on Monday in a potholing accident in a cave in southwestern France, police said.

The Stockholm resident was part of a group of experienced potholers exploring a cave near the village of Cadrieu when a sudden flow of water swept him away.

Rescue workers spent an hour and a half giving him heart massage in the spot where his body had become trapped, partly under water.

The man later died when he was transported to a hospital in the nearby town of Cahors.

“He was swept away in a strong current. He died because he was under water for ten minutes,” Gérard Catala of the Cahors police told local media.

According to initial reports, the Swede was accompanied by two other countrymen at the time of the accident.

However, local police later told the Expressen newspaper that the Swedish man was part of a group that included two Germans and French guide.

Late on Monday night, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed the accident.

“We can confirm that a Swedish man in his thirties died in an accident in France; that’s all we can say,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Victoria Bell told Expressen.

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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.