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Ferry, boat accidents raised concerns

Four people were injured after a fast ferry on its way from Trondheim to Kristiansund collided with a commercial vessel between Aure and Smøla on Wednesday. The accident occurred just half-a-day after fire broke out on board a car-and passenger ferry traveling from Denmark to Stavanger.

Two people on the fast ferry M/S Tyrhaug were rushed to St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim while two others were taken to the hospital in Molde. The other vessel, Frøy Loke, is used in connection with fish farming in the area. Both vessels were damaged but police told state broadcaster NRK that neither was taking in water. NRK reported that there were 31 passengers and five crew members on board the ferry and four people on board the commercial vessel. All were accounted for.

Alarms rang during the night on a much larger vessel, meanwhile, after a recreational vehicle on board the car- and passenger ferry Bergensfjord suddenly caught fire at sea. Nearly 600 people were on board the ferry as it cruised from Hirtshals to Stavanger.

“The fire was quickly extinguished,” Brian Thorsted Hansen of the ferry’s operator Fjordline told NRK. No one was injured but passengers were shaken by emergency and the smell of smoke in their cabins. The ferry changed course and sailed in to Kristiansand, because it was closer than Stavanger, and it was met by emergency crews. The vessel later was allowed to sail on to Bergen and go back into traffic, since it suffered no damage. The owner of the burned camping van was being questioned by police.

NewsinEnglish.no staff

 

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