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Local heroes save children from the deep. Rescue divers from Rogaland Fire Brigade saved three children from a watery death when the car they were in plunged into the sea. Raymond Wikre (31) and Tom Amundsen (47) were called to the scene at midday yesterday, after eyewitnesses reported the car the three underage children were travelling in had driven off the quayside in Tasta outside Stavanger. According to Sør Rogaland Fire Brigade Chief Per Halvorsen, medical personnel fought to resuscitate the 3-year-old boy, 6-year-old girl, and 17-year-old boy who had been trapped by their seatbelts 11 metres down for about 30 minutes.

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Local heroes save children from the deep

Published on Sunday, 22nd August, 2010 at 16:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Rescue divers from Rogaland Fire Brigade saved three children from a watery death when the car they were in plunged into the sea.

Stavanger University Hospital
Stavanger University Hospital
Photo: J. Ådnanes/Wikimedia Commons


A miracle

Raymond Wikre (31) and Tom Amundsen (47) were called to the scene at midday yesterday, after eyewitnesses reported the car the three underage children were travelling in had driven off the quayside in Tasta outside Stavanger.

According to Sør Rogaland Fire Brigade Chief Per Halvorsen, medical personnel fought to resuscitate the 3-year-old boy, 6-year-old girl, and 17-year-old boy who had been trapped by their seatbelts 11 metres down for about 30 minutes.

Treatment was then continued in ambulances on their way to Intensive Care.

“It was then we were told that there were signs of life. It’s quite unbelievable that they managed to resuscitate three children who’d suffered cardiac arrest,” he tells The Foreigner.

Still critical

The two boys are in the ICU at Stavanger University Hospital (SUS), whilst the 6-year-old girl was flown to Haukland University Hospital in Bergen.

Both hospitals report their conditions to be still critical but stable.

“It’s still a life-threatening situation, so to speak. We can’t tell what the outcome will be for now,” says Gottfred Tunge, SUS’ Information Manager.

Mysterious

Meanwhile, Stavanger police are investigating the incident but haven’t yet spoken to the 26-year-old found at the quayside, who looked as though he’d also been in the water.

Police aren’t releasing any further information for the moment, but it’s believed he was involved in the incident.

The man has now been discharged from hospital, but it’s still a mystery how the car managed to break through barriers on the quay.



Published on Sunday, 22nd August, 2010 at 16:31 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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