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Texts Sent From Mother To Daughter As Horror Unfolded On Utoeya Emerge

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A harrowing series of texts sent between a daughter and her mother from the island of Utoeya as Anders Breivik shot dead 68 people on the island of Utoeya have emerged.

Julie Bremnes, a 16-year-old attendee of the Labour party youth camp was caught up in the shooting on July 22.

After running away from the gunman, Bremnes hid behind a rocks with some other attendees.

She was forced to listen to the sounds of shooting as Breivik stalked close by.

From 5.40 PM she sent her mother a text every five minutes to tell her what was happening, and to try and find out when the police had arrived.

Mrs Bremnes told Sky News that she felt "helpless because there was nothing I could do".

"I hoped police were on their way and I would get my girl back," she said.

Below is the transcript of the messages.

Julie: Mummy, tell the police that they must be quick. People are dying here!
Mother: I'm working on it, Julie. The police are on their way. Dare you call me?
J: No.
J: Tell the police that there is a mad man running around and shooting people.
J: They must hurry!
M: The police know and they have had many calls. It is going well, Julie. Police are calling us now. Give us a sign of life every five minutes please?
J: OK.
J: We are in fear for our lives.
M: I understand that very well, my darling. Stay hidden, do not move anywhere! The police are already on their way, if they haven't already arrived! Do you see anyone injured or killed?
J: We are hiding in the rocks along the coast.
M: Good! Should I ask your grandfather to come down and pick you up when everything is safe again? You have the option.
J: Yes.
M: We will contact Grandpa immediately.
J: I love you even if I still misbehave from time to time.
J: And I'm not panicking even if I'm s*** scared.
M: I know that my darling. We love you too very much. Do you still hear shooting?
J: No.
M: Have you heard anything from the other people from Tromso? Grandpa is on his way down.
J: The police are here.
M: The person shooting is said to be in police uniform. Be careful! What happens to you now?
J: We do not know.
M: Can you talk now?
J: No. He is still shooting!
M: Joergen has swum to the shore. I just spoke to his father. This is everywhere on the national news now, all attention on Utoya now. Be careful! When you get the chance, you come to the mainland and stay with Grandpa of Hamar.
J: I'm still alive.
M: And thanks and praise for that.
J: We are waiting to be picked up by the police. We heard shooting just now, so we dared not get up.
M: Good! Good, well done. The evacuation is now ongoing, they are saying on TV.
J: We hope we will be picked up by someone soon. Can they not catch him soon?!
M: The anti-terrorism unit is there and they are working on catching him.
J: OK.
M: Should we try to get the flight home tomorrow?
J: I have no time to think about that now.
M: I understand that.
M: Do you know if they have managed to catch him?
M: Will keep you posted, my darling. We are following everything on television.
M: Hey, are you there?
J: Yes. The helicopters are circling above us.
M: Then you should be OK?
J: They are looking for people in the water, we have not been picked up yet!
J: What are they saying in the news?
M: The police are also arriving by boat to Utoeya, otherwise nothing new. It is not clear what's happened to the shooter so keep still. Wait for someone to pick you up.
M: Now they have taken him!

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