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18 rescued from drowning this summer

Sørenga in Oslo.Photo: Erik Johansen / NTB scanpix

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There were 35 on duty lifeguards at five popular swimming beaches in the Oslo area this summer. A total of 18 people were rescued from drowning.

The lifeguards are part of the Beach Service. Beach lifeguards trained by the Norwegian Life Rescue Company have been present at the beaches on Sørenga, Huk, Ingierstrand, Hvervenbukta, and Rørestrand in Horten this summer.

While some of the 18 incidents were related to drowning or illness, eleven were related to an accident where the injury did not necessarily happen in the water.

“We are very pleased with the implementation of this year’s service and everyone who has contributed to delivering the service on five beaches this year,” says President Claire Ann Alfonso of the Norwegian Life Rescue Company.

27 other serious incidents were also recorded, where the situation did not need further follow-up by emergency services.

A total of 40 people lost their lives in drowning accidents this summer, according to figures from the Rescue Company – just as many as last summer.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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