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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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