One man dead and another man injured after a boat accident at Sandnessjøen

ambulance helicopterAmbulance helicopter.Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

A man in his late 30s has died, and another man in his early 50s has been sent to hospital after an accident in connection with a fishing trip at Sandnessjøen on Sunday night, Nordland police district states in a press release.

The police received a report of concern at 5.17 from the family of the two men.

“The men had gone on a fishing trip in a 17-foot open boat, around 11 pm, but when they did not return at the expected time, the family contacted the police to get help for the search”, says operations manager Ulf Slettan in the press release.

Found the boat on islet

At 06.37, AMK was notified that an acquaintance of the family had found the missing boat on the islet Suttaren outside Leinesodden.

Local resources such as ambulance boat, pilot boat, police boat and air ambulance were activated. In addition, the lifeboat and rescue helicopter were dispatched, says Slettan, and continues:

“One of the men was confirmed dead by health personnel on the spot. The other was injured and was transported by air ambulance to hospital”. 
He told NTB, that the injured man was found in the boat, while the deceased was found on land outside the boat.

Helgelands Blad is informed by the hospital in Sandnessjøen that the man has been transferred to St. Olav in Trondheim with fractures and head injuries, and that the condition was critical at the time of transfer.

Investigated as an accident

The two men are both residents of Sandnessjøen, but were on a cabin trip in the area when the accident took place. The relatives have been notified.

“The police have opened a case to clarify the course of events. The case is being investigated as an accident, and it is too early to say anything about the cause. Among other things, the police are in the process of questioning. In addition, the boat has been transported ashore, and will be subject to technical investigations”, says Slettan.

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