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Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017
Several British tourists have been injured after their speedboat hit a water fountain close to Harstad town, throwing them off right into the ice seas off Norway. The two boats were carrying 24 people between them.
They had been returning from a sightseeing tour.
During this point of time, one of the boats hit the fountain in the harbor that is located about 875 miles north of the capital Oslo. Witnesses asserted that the boats had been travelling at high speeds and people on board one of the boats involved in the incident had been tossed into the water ‘like dolls’.
Prior to being rescued, they were left in the chilly waters for 15 minutes where they almost froze.
A spokesperson for one of the holiday companies said that their team in Harstad in Northern Norway has advised that they have been helping 10 guests who participated in a boat excursion as part of their Arctic Fjord short break. He went on to add that the boat pilot has suffered more injuries and has to be rushed to Tromso hospital.
He also informed the media that six guests and the tour leader were reported to have some minor injuries.
Of these, four guests and tour leader are staying overnight in Harstad hospital on a precautionary basis. It is believed that the incident had occurred around 3 p.m. local time and it involved a inflatable boat.
The British tourists had been on a trip with a local travel agent. It was a company that is co-owned by a member of the local police in Harstad and a former employee of the force, according to the police.
The Foreign Office said that they were in contact with the Norwegian authorities after the incident in Harstad.
Moreover, they were making efforts to assist the British tourists who have been affected due to the accident.