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One believed drowned in Baltic Sea drama

Published torsdag 11 juli 2013 kl 16.25
The Norwegian sailing boat Wyvern in distress. Photo: Swedish Maritime Administration.

One person is believed to have drowned Thursday in a drama on the Baltic Sea between the Swedish islands of Öland and Gotland.

It was Thursday morning when the crew of a Norwegian sailing boat found themselves in distress. Their boat was filling water and it was deemed close to sinking. A helicopter from the Swedish Maritime Administration could save the ten on board by winching them up to safety.

Just an hour later, rescue services received another call saying three people from a Dutch sailing ship had boarded the Norwegian boat in a believed attempt to stop it from sinking.

Two of the people ended up in the water and were picked up by the Sea Rescue Society's boat, but the third could not be found.

"We have information from a witness that the missing person had got jammed under a sail boom on board the Norwegian boat, and went down with it," said Peter Hellberg from the Air- and Sea Rescue Centre.

The search for the third person ended during the afternoon.

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