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Sunken boat to be raised after fatal accident

The seafood company that owned a boat used in connection with a fish farming operation in northern Norway wants to raise the vessel after it sunk earlier this week. The accident claimed the lives of a 42-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter.

Circumstances around the accident at Store Kufjorden north of Alta remained unclear, but John Binde of the seafood company Royal Norewgian Salmon told newspaper Aftenposten that the two workers on the boat had been asked to help transport six persons in to land in stormy weather.

“There were two workers on the job when another boat came up and asked for assistance,” Binde told Aftenposten. “It was while they were to transport these people in to land that the tragedy occurred.”

He hopes that raising the boat will help explain the cause of the accident and prevent any pollution from it in an area near the salmon farm. The boat, a 30-foot industrial vessel, was lying at a depth of 43 meters.

Police hadn’t been able to question survivors from the accident as of Thursday and obtained only sketchy information from those in the other boat. “We understand they were on their way home from a trek in the mountains,” local police chief Torbjørn Aas told Aftenposten.

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