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The Foreigner Norway cruise woman dies. A 73-year-old British woman has died after rescue teams accidently dropped her into freezing waters of the Norwegian Sea. Mrs. Janet Richardson was on a cruise on the Ocean Countess ship along Norway’s coastline when she fell ill on 28th March, suffering internal bleeding, according to officials. Norwegian paramedics, who were called to transfer Mrs. Richardson to a medical facility on land, dropped the victim and the stretcher, forcing her to tread water for several minutes in temperatures as low as -3C.

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Norway cruise woman dies

Published on Saturday, 23rd April, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .

A 73-year-old British woman has died after rescue teams accidently dropped her into freezing waters of the Norwegian Sea.



Mrs. Janet Richardson was on a cruise on the Ocean Countess ship along Norway’s coastline when she fell ill on 28th March, suffering internal bleeding, according to officials.

Norwegian paramedics, who were called to transfer Mrs. Richardson to a medical facility on land, dropped the victim and the stretcher, forcing her to tread water for several minutes in temperatures as low as -3C.

Eyewitness Colin Prescott, from Burscough, Lancashire told the BBC, "The vessels, which hadn't been latched together, suddenly moved apart by several feet just as they were transferring her, which caused the rescue crews to drop the stretcher into the sea.”

”The rescue boat came back round to pick her up, but she was in the water for about eight minutes or so,” he continued.

After eventually being recovered, Mrs Richardson was transferred to hospital in Bodø, accompanied by her 78-year-old husband, George, before being airlifted to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary. She died on Thursday evening.

Chris Coates, marketing director of cruise operators Cruise and Maritime Voyages, said , "The directors and staff of Cruise and Maritime Voyages are all deeply shocked by the news received a short while ago that Mrs Janet Richardson has passed away. All our thoughts and prayers are with the Richardson family at this sad time.”

Both Salten district police, and the rescue company that owns the boat involved, have launched their own separate investigations into the incident, according to VG.

“She was an energetic woman who loved gardening, sailing and diving. We had been married for 30 years and had eight grandchildren. I won’t be taking any action against anybody for what has happened. I want to move forward,” George Richardson tells The Telegraph.



Published on Saturday, 23rd April, 2011 at 21:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Ramona Tancau   .

This post has the following tags: janetrichardson, oceancountessrescue, cruiseandmaritimevoyages.





  
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