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Norway rafting accident kills four. Four Ukrainians died in a rafting accident today at Ridderspranget on the river Sjoa in Oppland County, after three two-man rafts capsized. Police initially reported three victims, with one individual missing, but the person was found dead later, reports NRK. “We were out rafting with Sjoa Rafting and were called to the site when the accident happened. All the boats were then taken out of the water," said eyewitness Frode Evensen.

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Norway rafting accident kills four

Published on Saturday, 24th July, 2010 at 22:30 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Four Ukrainians died in a rafting accident today at Ridderspranget on the river Sjoa in Oppland County, after three two-man rafts capsized.

River Sjoa
River Sjoa
Photo: Kollektives Ich/Wikimedia Commons


Police initially reported three victims, with one individual missing, but the person was found dead later, reports NRK.

“We were out rafting with Sjoa Rafting and were called to the site when the accident happened. All the boats were then taken out of the water," said eyewitness Frode Evensen.

Emergency services immediately put a complex rescue operation into action, involving Sea King helicopters, the air ambulance, police, the fire brigade, the Red Cross, as well as experienced paddlers from local rafting companies.

The four victims were part of a group of 13 people, all of Ukrainian nationality. However it’s still unclear whether the expedition was supervised or not as they cannot communicate with the survivors until an interpreter can be found.

According to NRK, several rafting companies regard the river Sjoa’s upper and lower parts as too dangerous to use. 

In 2007, one Estonian man and an Estonian woman drowned whilst rafting in the same part of the river.



Published on Saturday, 24th July, 2010 at 22:30 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: sjoa, oppland, river, rafting, accident, ukranians, estonians, police, ridderspranget, killed, survivors, dangerous, rescue, red, cross, air, ambulance.





  
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