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Ferry Accident

Third Boat Involved in Ferry Crash

Published fredag 24 juli 2009 kl 11.23

Updated 18:00

The cause of Thursday's collision between two ferries in Nynäshamn port, south of Stockholm, is still unknown. But the Swedish Transport Agency confirmed Friday afternoon that a third ship may have been involved in the crash.

Ten people were injured in the crash between the departing M/S Gotland and the docking Gotlandia II. Initial reports described a two-boat collision caused by fog, but the Swedish Accident Investigation Board confirmed in a press conference on Friday that a small barge anchored in the channel may have disturbed traffic in the area, contributing to the accident.

Göran Rosvall, chairman of the Swedish Accident Investigation Board, told Swedish Radio News on Friday that a technical failure was most likely not to blame but that it was pure luck that no one died in the collision.

"The seats were very smashed and it was really lucky that people had begun moving towards the exits. Many people could have died if the seats were full with people," he said.

 The harbour of Nynäshamn is the main ferry port for ships departing to the Baltic holiday island of Gotland. Thousands of people were stranded on Thursday when boat traffic ceased after the accident. Although ferry traffic resumed on Friday, departures are reported to be severely delayed and the delays are expected to continue well into the weekend.

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board began investigating the crash on Thursday, but it may be up to a year before the investigation is completed.

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