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The Foreigner Boating accidents kill four, millionaire missing. UPDATED: Three separate boating tragedies in two municipalities have killed four people, in the last two days. With one still missing, now presumed deceased, authorities are calling for compulsory speed limits and lifejackets. Two Bærum youths, Frikk Oscar Gunnari, aged 19, and 20-year-old Ola Christopher Bakker, died in Vestfold, Tuesday, after their inflatable boat and outboard collided with another craft moored at Vrengensundet quay on Nøtterøy. Police say the incident occurred just before 04:00 shortly after the two left from a party. Fire service divers recovered both youths from a depth of eight metres.

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Boating accidents kill four, millionaire missing

Published on Wednesday, 13th July, 2011 at 11:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th July 2011 at 00:22.

UPDATED: Three separate boating tragedies in two municipalities have killed four people, in the last two days. With one still missing, now presumed deceased, authorities are calling for compulsory speed limits and lifejackets.



Post mortem

Two Bærum youths, Frikk Oscar Gunnari, aged 19, and 20-year-old Ola Christopher Bakker, died in Vestfold, Tuesday, after their inflatable boat and outboard collided with another craft moored at Vrengensundet quay on Nøtterøy.

Police say the incident occurred just before 04:00 shortly after the two left from a party. Fire service divers recovered both youths from a depth of eight metres.

Efforts by air ambulance personnel to resuscitate them failed, and both were pronounced dead on arrival at Oslo University Hospital (OUH). The bodies were sent for autopsy to check for traces of alcohol as a matter of routine.

In today’s accident in Vestfold, police say Anne-Lene Novak Aasheim (41) from Solbergelva in Buskerud municipality and 43-year-old Anita Burud from Drammen were killed after their inflatable boat with two other people aboard ran aground approximately midway in the Tønsberg fjord near Tjøme.

Three boats, including one from the Red Cross a rescue helicopter, and divers arrived at the scene after Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) authorities were alerted at 04:07. The two women were flown to OUH, but later died in hospital before 07:00.

“We know that one [of the other] individuals [41-year-old Asbjørn Aasheim, also from Solbergelva] managed to reach land unassisted, the fourth [Per-Erik Burud]  is still missing,” press spokesperson for JRCC southern Norway, Einar Knutsen, told NRK earlier today.

Mr Aasheim is now in hospital, and helped point out where rescue personnel should concentrate their search for missing millionaire Mr Burud, head of supermarket chain Kiwi, after he came ashore.

However, rescue leader Johan Mannsåker informed the broadcaster yesterday evening that police are now taking over the search for the missing millionaire, who is presumed to have died. Mr Burud's family has been informed of the decision.

Compulsory

Neither of the youths killed in Tuesday’s tragedy were wearing lifejackets, and there is still no confirmation regarding whether any of the four involved in today’s incident, or the still missing 43-year-old man who fell overboard from a sailboat on Monday evening near Hvaler in Østfold municipality, had them on at the time.

Sven Mollekleiv, President of the Norwegian Red Cross, says, “Normal security measures should still apply on board a boat. It should be taken for granted that Norwegians wear a lifejacket and show basic vigilance on the water.”

“These recent events add to already very worrying accident statistics. On average, a hundred people have drowned annually along the Norwegian coast and in rivers during the last ten years, and the vast majority of those who die do not employ lifejackets,” he continues, advocating compulsory use.

Press spokesperson Ingvar Johnsen tells Aftenposten today the organisation is in favour of mandatory speed limits between May and October in areas with the most boat traffic.

“It’s completely different running aground on rocks at 40 knots than colliding with them in an open boat at a chug. Very many people drive recklessly fast. It’s dangerous in bad visibility and narrow waters, even more so when combined with alcohol,” he says.

Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Lisbeth Berg-Hansen, says she will now be asking the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) to look into the possibility of introducing speed limits before next year's boating season begins.



Published on Wednesday, 13th July, 2011 at 11:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th July 2011 at 00:22.

This post has the following tags: vestfoldboatingaccidents, complusorylifejackets, hvalerboatingtragedy.





  
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