Tag Archives: rescue

‘A danger the boat will go down if it is pulled off the ground’: Removing trawler from north Svalbard will be long and difficult

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Removing a damaged fishing vessel stuck on an icy shore in north Svalbard will not be easy or quick – and the boat’s owner may have to shoulder most of the effort and cost due to limited government capabilities – but there appears to be no immediate environmental danger due to the slow progress, according to officials.

SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION: Damaged fishing boat in north Svalbard still intact, but officials anxious to begin difficult removal operation to prevent fuel spill (w/ video)

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A fishing trawler stranded in the northernmost part of Svalbard appears intact three days after 14 crew members were removed by rescue helicopters, but officials conducting an observation flight by helicopter above the vessel Sunday said they are anxious to begin the challenge task of removing the vessel before the harsh conditions tear debris or fuel loose.

‘At the very edge of the possible’: 14 crew members rescued in dangerous Arctic winter conditions from fishing boat in northeast Svalbard

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Fourteen people stranded on a listing fishing trawler isolated in northeast Svalbard were successfully rescued Friday by helicopters operating in dark and hazardous winter storm condition, according to emergency officials.

Stuck on Sarkofagen: Two hikers rescued by helicopter after getting trapped on peak

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Two hikers trapped at the top of Sarkofagen just to the south of Longyearbyen were rescued by helicopter Tuesday afternoon, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

Sailboat stranded at sea: Eight crew members rescued by helicopter after engine, rudder, sail fail in rough waters

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Eight people were rescued by helicopter from a sailboat that suffered engine and rudder failures in rough seas in the southernmost part of Svalbard on Thursday morning, according to The Joint Rescue Coordination Center of Northern Norway.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of May 22, 2018

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Polar bear spotted near Longyearbyen wanders off, but officials keeping watch
A polar bear spotted near Longyearbyen late Tuesday night wandered away from town a few hours later, but officials are continuing to monitor the area in case the animal returns, police said Wednesday.

MISSING NEAR BJØRNØYA: Man who apparently fell overboard Coast Guard ship presumed dead after massive overnight search

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A crew member who apparently fell off the Norwegian Coast Guard ship Nordkapp sometime Saturday morning in the vicinity of Bjørnøya is presumed dead after an extensive search by sea and air, emergency officials announced at midday Sunday.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 26, 2017

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Final fate of Svea and Lunckefjell mines may be determined Oct. 12
The few employees left at Svea will learn if the government supports resuming operations at the coal mine, as well as the one nearby at Lunckefjell, when the proposed national budget for 2018 is submitted Oct. 12.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 11, 2017

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Spate of accidents, small avalanches causes for caution during sunny and busy Easter Week
Several accidents resulting in injuries and at least two small avalanches have occurred in the past few days as Svalbard enters one of its busiest weeks for outdoor excursions, according to The Governor of Svalbard and other officials.

Chilling conclusion: UNIS says faulty boat, last-second travel plans and safety training factors in manfunction at sea malfunction

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A boat with a weak design, last-minute travel plan changes and a lack of proper safety training resulted in a dozen people being stranded and soaked on the icy sea between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen last month, according to an internal investigation by The University Centre in Svalbard.