General Interest => Feed Your Head => Topic started by: Oscar on February 11, 2011, 05:52:49 PM

Title: Today Denmark was that close to VQ downing tragedy
Post by: Oscar on February 11, 2011, 05:52:49 PM
13 students and 2 teachers from a boarding school took a boat out to sea in a storm. They did only have life jackets on and the water was only 2 degrees Celsius. Here were ice left on the water. About a mile out the boat capsided and they had to swim in or stay at the boat.

One female student swam to shore and used her cell-phone to call for help. It took 4 helicopters and a lot of boat to get the 12 bodies recovered. All but the teacher were found and are alive for now although 6 were taken to our finest hospital in Copenhagen where they remain in critical conditions.

15 lives could have been lost. For now we are only talking of one.

They had no radio. They had no survival suits - on lifejackets which guarantee less than 5 minutes of survival under that conditions. The students have no position lights attached to their bodies. They didn't stay near the coast in a type of boat which have no engine or sail. It is in fact kind of large canoe.

I am shocked.

The boarding school houses normal students and students with an alternative sentence (Stay at a normal boarding school and cause no trouble then the charges go away.)

Of course we can thank the rescuers for their effort. How often can you get 4 helicopters within hours to a scene of an accident? Otherwise it could have been a real tragedy.

I feel that the boarding schools are pushing their lock.

1 student had die some years back and there have been 2 additional incidents where students were saved because larger boats just happened to pass by when the accident occured.

We have asked for help so the laws in Denmark can be changed.

Source: The search is set (http:// (Denmarks Radio, February 11, 2011) - (Google translated)
Title: Re: Today Denmark was that close to VQ downing tragedy
Post by: Oscar on February 15, 2011, 06:02:26 AM
More news about the downing of a boat from Lundby Efterskole (http://

Danish Dragon boat capsized by wave (http://, by Julian Isherwood, Politiken, February 14, 2011

Survivors of an accident last Friday, when a wave capsized a dragon boat carrying 2 teachers and 13 students, have been telling the harrowing tale of their battle to survive the freezing water.

One person is believed dead, five others are due to be brought out of an induced coma today and others remain shocked but recovering from the ordeal.

Cecilie Gyldendal Rasmussen tells B.T. that the party had rowed some 300 metres into Præstø Fjord when their sports teacher Michael Jørgensen decided to order the boat back to shore due to a sudden weather change.

“As we tried to come around a buoy, we created an enormous wave which made the boat capsize. I remember thinking ‘now we’re capsizing, we’re done for’,” Cecilia Gyldendal Rasmussen tells B.T.

She adds that the group’s teacher Michael Jørgensen tried to keep the group calm and get them to go to the same side of the boat so they could raise it, but panic set in and Jørgensen eventually said “This is very serious. Swim ashore immediately”.

At one point the young girl noticed that her friend who was swimming ahead suddenly seemed unconscious.

“I swam over to her and grabbed the collar of her life jacket and pulled her up onto a floe. Her mouth was foaming and she had a dead, staring look in her eyes,” she tells B.T.

Rasmussen remained on the floe and tried to warm her friend by snuggling up to her.

In the meantime, another youth from the group had managed to get ashore and call for help. After what seemed like an hour a rescue boat arrived at the floe to help the two girls ashore.

The mother of 16-year-old Niclas told B.T. how her son had managed to swim ashore, but had considered several times that he would ‘give up’.

Arriving ashore, he met a tractor driver who said the young man had asked him if he was going to ‘die now’.

Five of the students of the Lundby lower secondary school have been in an induced coma since the accident, but are due to be brought out of the coma today. Sports Teacher Michael Jørgensen has not been found. The other members of the group are recuperating.

Lolland-Falster police expect investigation of the accident to take several weeks and may involve a reconstruction of the accident. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is also to carry out technical tests of the boat and its seaworthiness.

The DMA says the Dragon boat concerned had not received safety approval, as is normally required for boats to be used by schools.