Seljord boating tragedy killed three

UPDATED: Tragedy struck the mountain community at Seljord in the heart of Telemark County after a boat carrying six people capsized in the large lake known as Seljordsvatnet, throwing all of them into the chilly water. Two young men were initially determined to have drowned and now the body of a third victim has been […]

Bomb from World War II forces evacuation

Residents of Vallø in Tønsberg were under evacuation orders on Friday after another non-detonated bomb from World War II was found near an old refinery that was the allies’ target just before the war ended. A funeral planned at the nearby Vallø church also had to be moved. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that military bomb […]

Probe launched into small plane crash

Aviation experts were continuing an investigation into what caused a small two-seater plane to crash into a field at Furnes in Ringsaker on Tuesday, just short of the runway at the Hamar airport. Both people on board were killed. Police received the first calls about the crash at 4:45pm. The plane was described as a […]

Authorities crack down on seatbelt avoidance

Bus passengers in Norway are being advised to buckle their seatbelts, especially this week when state authorities have warned they’ll be launching nationwide controls. Those found without buckled seatbelts can be hit with a fine of NOK 1,500 (USD 192). Thousands have already experienced surprise inspections, like those on board a Nordfjordekspressen bus in Sogn og Fjordane […]

Rescued businessman thanks rescuers

David Tang, described as both a British lawyer and Hong Kong businessman, was in Norway on Thursday to donate nearly NOK 3 million to the country’s volunteer search and rescue service Redningsselskapet. One of its crews saved Tang’s life following a helicopter crash in Bergen last May. Tang and another man, Hong Kong media tycoon Charles Chan, were passengers […]

Small plane crashes into wheat field

Two men were confirmed dead on Tuesday after the small plane they were flying reportedly went into a spin, dove behind some trees and crashed into a field at Holmestrand, southwest of Oslo. Witnesses said the two men on board, aged 47 and 48, had performed some “acrobatic tricks” in the air before they ran into trouble. […]

Summer emergencies increased

The Norwegian Red Cross carried out 15 percent more rescue operations this summer than last year. In July alone they were called out 210 times, up 50 percent over July 2016. The increase can be tied to the boom in tourism in Norway but also to more widespread mobile telephone coverage. “We see that the […]

Small plane crashes into a mountainside

A member of Norway’s largest flying club was killed Tuesday night when the small aircraft’s pilot, the only person on board, crashed into the side of a mountain in Sør-Aurdal. Rescue efforts were hindered by the steep terrain and difficulty in finding a landing spot for emergency helicopters responding to the crash. Officials from the national accident […]

Power failure strands 400 passengers

Nearly 400 passengers on board the afternoon train from Oslo to Bergen had to be evacuated in a forest area between Hønefoss and Vikersund on Friday, after the train itself tore down its connection to overhead power lines. The situation was described as chaotic. “I heard something like an explosion before the train came to a […]

Fatal boat fire under investigation

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 […]