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Bar­ents­burg & Grønfjor­dfjel­let – 13th August 2017

The pas­sa­ge last night up to Isfjord was almost sur­pri­sin­gly calm. It was defi­ni­te­ly a good idea to wait the wea­ther out in Fri­dt­jov­ham­na for a cou­p­le of hours. Which is not a bad thing any­way, con­si­de­ring the sce­ne­ry the­re.

In Bar­ents­burg, we spent the morning with some sight­see­ing and lear­ning about Spits­ber­gen 20th cen­tu­ry histo­ry and poli­tics. We also got used to the usu­al dan­gers of civi­li­sa­ti­on again, car traf­fic and things like that. So most of us deci­ded to spend the after­noon in the arc­tic natu­re again, doing a bit of a spor­ti­ve hike up the moun­tains to gain a gre­at sce­nic view over Grønfjord.

Gal­le­ry – Bar­ents­burg & Grønfjor­dfjel­let – 13th August 2017

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Sai­ling boat almost sunk in Spits­ber­gen

On Sunday (August 6) morning, a pri­va­te yacht got into a dra­ma­tic situa­ti­on at sea in Sval­bard. It took water and was not far from sin­king. Three per­sons were on board, all of them Ger­man. They are all well now. The inci­dent took case near Dun­der­buk­ta, at the west coast of Spits­ber­gen south of Bellsund.

Shal­lows and expo­sed shore­li­nes: the west coast of Spits­ber­gen can by very inhos­pi­ta­ble.

Spitsbergen west coast

The crew cal­led for help via Ger­man res­cue ser­vices, who alar­med the Nor­we­gi­an aut­ho­ri­ties. The three, who were alrea­dy on board their life raft at that time, were then taken on board the Nor­we­gi­an car­go ship Norb­jørn. Norb­jørn also star­ted to tow the sai­ling boat. The three res­cued per­sons remai­ned on Norb­jørn for the pas­sa­ge to Lon­gye­ar­by­en, which they pre­fer­red rather than a flight on the heli­co­p­ter which was soon on the sce­ne. Their sai­ling boat was towed to Lon­gye­ar­by­en by the pilot boat from the port of Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

It tur­ned out that a hose that con­nec­ted a sep­tic tank to the hull had got loo­se, enab­ling water to rush into the boat.

Accord­ing to the Sys­sel­man­nen, the case will be han­ded over to the insuran­ces without fur­ther poli­ce invol­ve­ment.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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