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Norway Speedboat Accident Sees Britons Hospitalised After Collision With Water Fountain

Passengers tossed into the icy waters 'like dolls'.

17/02/2017 08:45

A number of British tourists are in hospital after being thrown into the icy seas off Norway when their speedboat hit a water fountain near the town of Harstad.

Two boats carrying 24 people between them were returning from a sightseeing trip when one hit the fountain in the harbour, around 875 miles north of the capital Oslo.

Witnesses said the boats were travelling at high speeds and those aboard the one involved in the accident were thrown into the water “like dolls”.

They were left in waters just above freezing for around 15 minutes before being rescued.

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Several Brits remain in hospital after being thrown into the icy seas off Norway when their speedboat hit a water fountain near the town of Harstad

A spokesman for the holiday company Inghams said: “Our local team in Harstad, Northern Norway has advised they are assisting 10 guests who took a boat excursion as part of their ‘Arctic Fjord’ short break today.

“Following an incident this afternoon as they came into harbour at the end of the sea safari (the cause of which remains unconfirmed at this time), the passengers, the boat pilot and our tour leader were all taken to hospital in Harstad for check-ups.”

The spokesman added that “sadly” the boat pilot suffered more serious injuries, and had been transferred to Tromso hospital.

Six guests and the tour leader suffered minor injuries, the spokesman said, adding that four of the injured passengers and the tour leader “are staying overnight in Harstad hospital on a precautionary basis”.

The incident is thought to have happened at around 3pm local time (2pm GMT) on Thursday and involved a rigid-inflatable boat (Rib).

The British group were on a tour with a local travel agent, a company co-owned by a member of the local police in Harstad and a former employee of the force, police said.

Neither was aboard the boat that hit the fountain but both witnessed the accident.

The Foreign Office said: “We are in contact with the Norwegian authorities following an incident in Harstad. We are ready to support British people affected.”

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