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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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