More rescue missions at sea in Western Norway this year than last year

A boat from Søgne Red CrossMandal.A boat from Søgne Red Cross.Photo: Kjell Inge Søreide / SCANPIX

It has been a busy summer for the volunteers on board the Red Cross’ lifeboats. In Western Norway, there have been more assignments this year than last year.

This summer, a sharp increase in boat sales has also been reported, and many have their first summer as a boat owner. Thus, there are also more boat drivers with little experience in boating.

– “We are ready to contribute to whatever is needed in the weekend to come, since there are going to be many boats at sea due to the forecasted fine weather for Western Norway,” says Terje Hårvik, leader of the Red Cross boat in Hordaland.

The Red Cross is preparing for another majorly busy weekend.

– “I do not believe i have ever seen so many boats out on the coastal waters of the west coast, as i have on teh days of fine weather so far this summer. It has been hectic, and we know that there will be a lot to do on the days when the weather is nice,” says Hårvik.

A total of 65 of the country’s 320 auxiliary corps specialize in search and rescue at sea and water. The Red Cross has over 200 boats on standby along the entire coast.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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