Stockholm bather hit by speeding water scooter

A woman who was swimming in Lake Mälaren near Stockholm on Sunday afternoon was struck and seriously injured by a passing water scooter that then disappeared from the scene.

Stockholm bather hit by speeding water scooter

The 46-year-old woman had taken to the water near Blackberg in western Stockholm on a day when temperatures climbed to 25C.

According to witnesses, she was between 30 and 40 metres from shore when she was run over by the speeding watercraft.

“I saw how the water scooter came at full speed and I managed to stand up and shout. She didn’t hear me and the scooter driver ran her over,” witness Anders Hammarberg told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The woman then lay motionless in the water until someone in a passing boat pulled her out of the water.

Following the incident she was flown to hospital by ambulance helicopter.

“She been operated on for head injuries and remains sedated. According to the hospital, she’s in serious condition, but stable,” police spokesman Martin Holm told the TT news agency.

Police are now on the hunt for the driver of the water scooter, but have yet to make any arrests in the case.

“We’ve received a number of tips,” said Holm.

The driver may face any of a number of criminal suspicions, including causing bodily harm, reckless boating, as well as leaving the scene of the accident.

Witness Hammarberg said he didn’t think the driver of the scooter fled the scene intentionally.

“I don’t think the driver knew what happened,” he told Aftonbladet.

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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.