Equipped with sonar and tips from the public and fishermen, the police have uncovered five “boat graveyards ” in Oslofjord. Police do not believe the boats have ended up there by accident.
Three of the sites are located less than 20 meters deep, and there are between 10 and 20 boats in each place, wrote VG. Police believe several of the boats on the sea bottom were lowered on purpose, either in connection with insurance fraud or just to get rid of them without paying for it.
– This is not accidental, said deputy Eigil Haugen of Oslo Police sea service. He says the next natural step would be to send down divers to investigate the areas.
– If it appears that there is a natural reason why the boats are lying on the seabed, we will investigate the matter further, says Haugen. He notes that it is both hazardous and punishable to lower an old boat to escape the cost of proper disposal.
One of the fishermen in the bay said the strangest things can pop up in the nets, everything from refrigerators to shipwrecks. Some fishermen have also witnessed the boats ending up in the sea at dusk.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today