PHOTO: Rowing boat with three people disappears in Kvam, major police search operation underway

Rescue boatPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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A woman and two men are missing after a rowing boat encountered a strong current in a river at Tokagjelet in Kvam in Hardanger. Police say they are still in the rescue phase.

In a press release on Monday morning, the police task force leader Atle Birkeland in the Western Police District noted that the search was still ongoing and that the police are still in the rescue phase. 

“It has been windy and foggy – not the weather for helicopters. At the same time, the terrain along the river is very demanding. We are considering continuous searches by helicopter,” Birkeland said.

The task leader stated that the police know which people are missing. The person who reported the three people missing had a connection to them. The relatives have been notified, and they are being followed up by Kvam Municipality.

“There have been large amounts of water through the night. The water in the river is rising.”

Birkeland confirmed that an oar had been found further down the river.

“I do not have more information about that,” he said.

Arne Jostein Jensen from the relief corps is looking for three people who disappeared after their boat was taken away by the current in the river at Tokagjelet in Kvam. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB

Powerful water flow

At 9:30 PM on Sunday, the fire brigade was notified of the missing boat. The person who called had seen that the boat was taken away by the current. The incident happened at 9 PM.

A heavy water flow was registered in the river. The fire service has previously stated that the current took the boat towards a dam and that there is a free fall into a waterfall after the dam.

The missing boat is a rowing boat with three people and a dog on board. The emergency services have not had contact with the people in the boat.

Between 30 and 40 people took part in the search operation on Monday night.

The missing people are two Norwegian men and a woman who do not live in the area, according to the newspaper VG.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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