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Skaters brought to safety after ice breaks up

Published lördag 7 februari 2015 kl 11.48
Photo: Tina Presteseter Hjarbo / TT / NTB
The skaters were stranded on an ice floe north of Oslo. Photo: Tina Presteseter Hjarbo / TT / NTB

Some sixteen Swedish skaters were rescued in Norway, on Saturday morning from an ice floe, 200 meters away from land.

The Swedes had been out skating on Lake Mjøsa, north of Oslo, Norway.

Geir Morten Bjerkvold, with the police in Vestoppland, told news agency TT that the weather had gotten worse, and the ice had broken up. Two or three of the skaters had even fallen into the water, but Bjerkvold said they were well-prepared with good equipment and changes of clothing. 

The police and emergency services got the call around 9 in the morning from people in the area who had seen the skaters in distress.

All of them were brought to land by helicopter or boat, and by 11 in the morning, no one remained on the ice floe. According to Bjerkvold, no one needed to be taken to the hospital. 

"They seem to be in good form," he said. 

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