Norway

Eleven died in drowning accidents this year

So far this year, eleven people have died as a result of drowning in this country. All are men and the youngest was 26, shows figures from the rescue company.

In February, four men drowned after landslides, while one died after a fishing boat accident. According to the rescue company’s drowning statistics for 2017 and 2018, men make up around 80 per cent of everyone who dies of drowning in Norway.

Møre og Romsdal, Hordaland, Rogaland and Østfold have had two drowning deaths each, while one person has drowned in Trøndelag, Vest-Agder and Vestfold respectively.

Now in March, the rescue company encourages people to be careful if they are going on the ice. Figures from the Rescue Company and Norwegian People’s Aid show that 34 people have died after falling through the ice during the last ten years.

– When the sun rises higher in the sky and the weather gets milder, this goes beyond the structure of the ice. Melt water also causes the ice to lose volume from below. This makes the ice weaker and more unpredictable. If you are unsure whether the ice is holding, you stay on shore, subject manager Matt Skuse advises in the rescue company.

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