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Sai­ling­boat crui­sing the north coast of Spits­ber­gen was lost

Last week a small sai­ling­boat crui­sing the north coast of Spits­ber­gen sank after it got into shal­low water. The two 70 year old eng­lish sai­lers could be res­cued by heli­co­p­ter after they had spent two hours in their rub­ber life boat. Due to a tech­ni­cal defect, they could not use their life raft. Final­ly they mana­ged to infla­te a rub­ber boat which was also on board. Des­pi­te real bad fly­ing con­di­ti­ons and snow­fall the heli­co­p­ter could trans­fer the sai­lers to Lon­gye­ar­by­en hos­pi­tal.

The shal­lows near the mouth of Raudfjord are clear­ly mar­ked on nau­ti­cal charts.

The north coast of Spits­ber­gen. View from Mof­fen Island.

Sailingboat cruising the north coast of Spitsbergen was lost

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