A Viking ship replica that had sailed from Newcastle to Sandefjord harbour was found sunk, Tuesday morning.
The ‘Gaia’, which had departed on 3 August, had been in Newcastle in connection with the London Olympics. Some University of Oslo students were among the crew.
“The ship took in a lot of water while as we were sailing across the North Sea without anyone noticing anything unusual about this”, Kvåle Rue, one of the organisers behind the sailing, told local paper Sandefjords Blad.
Mr Rue said that repairs had been made while on board the ship but he had not believed the damage was dangerous at the time.
“I was very relieved that it didn’t sink whilst we were on open seas, or whilst people were sleeping on board when I heard that the ship had only sunk whilst moored at the quayside.”
The ship was brought safely ashore.
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