Eight people riding on four jetskis, called vann (water) scooters in Norway, landed in a chilly and choppy Oslo Fjord on Thursday after they reportedly tried to trade places at sea. The accident sparked a response from a Sea King rescue helicopter, a rescue vessel, divers, the local fire department and police.
Initial reports indicated that two of the jetskis had collided on the Oslo Fjord off the Solbergstøa Campground near Storsand. Newspaper Aftenposten later reported that a man with a five-year-old boy on one of the jetskis rode up to a woman sunbathing on the beach and said “We need help” in English. He also asked someone to look after the little boy.
Aftenposten reported that the accident involved three adults and five children riding on four jetskis who attempted to trade places, causing at least two of the jetskis to flip over. There were initial concerns that some in the party of eight were missing, but police later reported that all had been accounted for. “It was scary,” another witness told state broadcaster NRK.
It’s the first major accident since the Norwegian government allowed jetskis to be used in Norway, if local communities allow it. They remain controversial, not least because of the noise they make in otherwise quiet coastal areas.