Busy summer for Sea Rescue

Busy summer for Sea RescueBusy summer for Sea Rescue.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix


June had rescue boats in Norway on 120 more jobs than the same month last year, and the summer so far has  been hectic for the company.

Just the the last weekend has had 109 so-called “search and rescue” mission. One of the major missions of the weekend was aboard the charter boat Johanna that sank at Nesoddtangen in the Oslofjord Saturday night. No one was injured and all 156 aboard were rescued from the boat.

Other major rescue operations came on the rescue vessel “Ægir” in Rosfjorden, where two people were helped from a sinking boat, and “Harald V”, which picked up a hypothermic man on a small rock in Nærøy.

– July has so far been a busy period for our vessels, and on the weekend it has been extra busy, across the country. The range of missions is huge, from searching for missing to  assistance missions. Fortunately, the most serious accidents so far in Julyhave resulted in safety, and we hope the trend continues, says Thomas Skarstad, maritime leader in Redningsselskapet in a statement.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today