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The Foreigner Utøya police boat crew speak out. Officers say they were “helpless” when trying to get to Utøya after their failed police boat journey attempt. Police have been facing heavy criticism about their choice of route, equipment standard, resources,  response time, and helicopter decisions since Anders Behring Breivik carried out his 60-minute shooting massacre on the island. Officer Håkon Hval, who drove the overloaded boat to Utøya, feels censure was “unfair”, bearing in mind “we believe we did what we could.”

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Utøya police boat crew speak out

Published on Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 at 11:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st September 2011 at 11:51.

Officers say they were “helpless” when trying to get to Utøya after their failed police boat journey attempt.



Police have been facing heavy criticism about their choice of route, equipment standard, resources,  response time, and helicopter decisions since Anders Behring Breivik carried out his 60-minute shooting massacre on the island.

Officer Håkon Hval, who drove the overloaded boat to Utøya, feels censure was “unfair”, bearing in mind “we believe we did what we could.”

“We chose Storøya [as our departure point] so those of us based in Hønefoss could get the boat in the water and travel out as soon as possible, it had nothing to do with the fact special forces were to arrive from Oslo. The first I knew about it was when we were underway,” he tells Bergens Tidende.

Personnel had to use private boats to reach the island after their overloaded craft began taking on water, causing the 75hp motor to fail. The boat was only certified for 10 persons, but police decided to load 11 heavily armed people aboard.

“We would have got there otherwise. I felt so helpless and was pissed off,” says Officer Hval.

Describing what happened when landing at Utøya, he tells police publication Politiforum, “We heard shots from the southern tip of the island. We saw the projectiles hit the water as the perpetrator was shooting at those trying to swim away.”

Whilst he understands people want answers, the officer says police may have got there faster "if conditions had been different and we had a helicopter on the roof of Hønefoss police station.”

“The situation was the worst imaginable. Somebody was shooting at youths whilst we sat there on the fjord.”

Breivik’s weapon lay 10 metres behind him when he was apprehended at 18:27. Police have now replaced the old boat with a new hard-hulled one.



Published on Wednesday, 21st September, 2011 at 11:34 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st September 2011 at 11:51.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, utoeyapoliceboat.





  
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