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Zodiac acci­dent in Krossfjord: woman dead

A woman died during a small boat acci­dent today (17th June) in Krossfjord, nor­thwes­tern Spits­ber­gen. The Zodiac (infla­t­a­ble rub­ber boat) was caught by a wave on the way from a small crui­se ship to the shore. All 13 per­sons fell into the water. One woman was sub­se­quent­ly trea­ted by the ship’s phy­si­ci­an and res­cue ser­vices were cal­led, but could not save her.

All that is known so far is that the woman was in her six­ties and not of Nor­we­gi­an natio­na­li­ty. Fur­ther details regar­ding the acci­dent, the cau­se of death or the iden­ti­ty of the woman are not yet known.

Zodiacs are very strong infla­t­a­ble rub­ber boats that are com­mon­ly used during rough con­di­ti­ons. The wea­ther con­di­ti­ons in Krossfjord at the time of the acci­dent are not yet known, but it can be belie­ved that they must have been extre­me. The last days have gene­ral­ly been qui­te win­dy in Spits­ber­gen (today in Isfjord for­ce 4-5 from west and sou­thwest, but else­whe­re pos­si­b­ly much stron­ger).

Zodiac in use during strong wind.

Zodiac, Spitsbergen

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen

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