Maritime authorities are concerned after two accidents involving jetskis (called vannscootere in Norwegian) killed two men in their 30s near Fredrikstand during the weekend. In another accident on the fjord off Sykkelven in Sunnmøre, two men were rushed to hospital by ambulance and air ambulance after suffering serious injuries.
“We see that more people are buying jetskis, and some drive them at high speeds without much experience,” Dag Inge Aarhus, communications director for the Maritime Authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) told newspaper Aftenposten. “We’re worried there will be more serious accidents.”
The first accident occurred Friday evening in the sea between Vesterøya on Hvaler and Kråkerøy, just south of Fredrikstad. The weather was poor, with strong winds and rough seas, making search and rescue efforts difficult after the men were first reported missing.
Their overturned jet ski was found late that night. The bodies of the two men were found Saturday morning. Both were from nearby Sarpsborg and on their way to a hytte for the holiday weekend.
The second accident off Sykkelven occurred Saturday afternoon. Both young men were taken to hospital in Ålesund. Police suspected that the men had been drinking.