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Swedish teen hurt after fourth floor balcony fall

A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured on Friday night after falling from a balcony on the fourth floor of a block of flats in Lund in southern Sweden.

“For some reason the 17-year-old had climbed on the balcony and then fallen down and landed on the tarmac,” said Peter Martin at Skåne police on the police webpage.

The police were called to the flat on Södra vägen at around 2.30am on Saturday morning and a unit arrived to find that a party was taking place at the location.

The teenager was taken unconscious to Lund University Hospital and is being treated in intensive care.

“His condition remains serious,” a duty nurse at the hospital told the local Sydsvenskan daily on Saturday.

Police have currently classified the incident as an accident and do not suspect any criminal offence.

“At the current time it looks like a complete accident,” said Annika Lindvall to the Aftonbladet daily.

According to an eye-witness report in the Expressen daily the man was seen dangling from the balcony in an apparent attempt to climb down to the balcony on the floor below, but he then fell to the ground.

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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.

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