Fatal boat fire under investigation

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The state search and rescue service for Southern Norway is asking the national accidents investigation board (Havarikommisjonen) to investigate a fire on board a private boat in the Oslo Fjord during the weekend. It claimed the life of a woman who was trapped inside the boat.

News bureau NTB reported that one person was rescued relatively unharmed from the sea near the burning boat, while the other person on the boat seemed to have been trapped below deck and unable to jump into the fjord.

“It’s unusual that someone remains caught under the deck when a boat is on fire,” Eirik Valle, leader of the rescue service mounted by Hovedredningssentralen on Saturday evening. The cause of the fire remained unclear.

The boat was sailing off Hvitsen, south of Oslo, when the fire broke out. The person who was rescued from the sea was described as a man in his 60s, while the victim was a woman in her 50s. “There was a near relationship between the two,” Kristine Kiær of the Øst Police District told NTB. She wouldn’t say what the relationship was nor where the two lived, only that they both were Norwegian. The boat itself ultimately sank, but will be recovered.

newsinenglish.no staff