in English ( Norwegian speaking will find info from many
Changes friday August 22,
the accident / Om ulykken (first report)
of the dead and missing passengers
- friday *
archive pictures and articles
pictures Saturday morning
sources of information
showing the actual area
7-9 2000: The salvaging operation that failed
20, 2000: Salvage operation II: Moving the wreck from Bloksen to Lyngholmen.
21, 2000: The badly damaged wreck is salvaged
have greeting and condolances
in connection to the disaster ( marked with ** )
- friday *:
The last day's we have heard
about the crew's attempts to release the raft's, without succeeding. Sleipner
had 4 large rafts, each with room for 130 people. They were designed to
be released from the bridge, or they should have been automatically released
if the boat was sinking (at 4m). Only one did. And that blew away.
Some of the passengers tried
to find raft's, but the large ones (only ones) were hidden - and had never
been tried by the company. They were released in Australia, before the
boats were delivered.
Because of the raft problem,
the sister ship "Draupner" was denied operation until the problem was solved.
The life saving belts have
been criticized for being to difficult to use, with a nylon rope that was
difficult to tie.
The information system with
speakers did not work after the crash.. The captain gave his information,
without reaching the passengers. Both the captain and the 1. officer were
injured when the boat hit the rocks. Today's newspaper tell us about
the captain staying on the bridge until the water was reaching his chest.
The Slettå area is
one of the roughest on the Norwegian coast, but it has not yet been
properly marked with radar reflectors and light signal's. But - things
seem to be happening fast now - after the tragedy. Last year, the money
to do this, was given to other projects by the parliament.
(Nov 26, 2009: The rock Bloksen was properly marked a year after the incident)
Most of the burial's have
taken place this Thursday and Friday, with representatives from the shipsowner
company present in all of them.
The investigation starts
Monday, when the crew members will be questioned.
The search vessel with the
remote controlled mini submarine, have ended its mission, without finding
more than the 2 persons mentioned sunday. It has done a thorough search
through the inside of Sleipner, and the areas around the wreck at the bottom
* The number of people expected
to be on aboard, has been adjusted from 89 to 86. That means we still
are missing 3 persons.
The lifesaving equipment
on board this brand new boat has been criticized. The life belt's where
to difficult to use, and the raft's where to difficult to find and release.
This will be among the things that we discuss in the days to come.
The search has experienced
difficulties because of bad weather last night. This morning they report
that Sleipner was not allowed to be used with more than 1m waves. When
the incident happened, they had 3 m. Even though it was able to cope with
more extreme weather, it was brand new, and had not yet been through all
certifications. The weather at the moment is worse than on Friday afternoon.
Reports in English only.
Norwegian reports are available from other sources.
During sunday the remote
controlled submarine has been used to bring up from the the bottom 2 of
the missing persons. Of the 6 that still are missing, only 3 are known
More than 300 people from
different aid organizations and other voluntaries have kept on the search
along the shores and slope of naked rocks. Its a dangerous and strainful
job, as the weather has worsened, with heavy rain and wind. But they have
only found parts of the wreck, life savers and personal belongings from
This afternoon, the Flaggruteboats
started their activity again, after the tragic accident. But so far, they
dont take the passengers across the Sletta-area, but use bus transport
from Haugesund to Valevåg.
Both the Norwegian prime
minister, the ministers of the commerce and justice departments have
involved themselves, and 2 of them have been here on the west coast this
weekend to follow the work. On Tuesday, H.M. king Harald arrives Haugesund
to participate during the memorial service in Vår Frelsers church
at 3PM. He will experience very bad weather, as the forecasts says storm
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of the dead and missing passengers:
The 11 passengers that has
ben found dead, are:
* Found sunday besides the wreck
Andreas Klubben, 78 år,
Jarle Siggervåg, 43 år
Arna Judith Medhaug, 65 år,
Olaug Synnøve Medhaug,
48 år, Karmøy
Terje Fagerbakk, 23 år,
Bjarte Tveit, 17 år, Kvinnherad
Ruth Marit Haukøy, 51
Kari Lisbeth Haga, 49 år,
Roald Espeland, 22 år,
Edvin Martin Hennes, 64 år,
London, arbeidet på Stord Navzat Cakir,
Navzat Cakir, 40 år, Bergen
Vegar Dybdal, 10 år, Karmøy*
Sven Vaksdal, 52 år, Vaksdal/Stavanger*
Still missing (Dec 3)
Leif Lorentz Larsen, 56, Stavanger
Arne Halvor Aasbø, 16,
Dirk Wim Christer Følid,
Sunday morning: 2
passengers observed outside the wreck at 99 m.
During the night Sleipner
was found down at 99 m, 350 m away from the rocs Bloksene. The remote controlled
mini submarine has observed the wreck, which is is damaged in the
bow region. 2 of the missing passengers were observed outside the boat.
Later today, the submarine will enter Sleipner, to try to locate passengers
still missing inside the wreck.
8 passengers missing
70, and not 69 of the people
on board have been found. 1 passenger was not registered found and alive.
( Dec 3: Later, the
number of passengers have been reduced to 86 - the ferry company does not
have name listings, they are just counting the passengers boarding. 3 passengers
are still missing )
11PM: Saturday evening:
There are still 9 passengers
missing. After having searched all day shoreside Bømlafjorden, only
personal belongings and wrecked parts of the boat has been found. A new
search vessel equipped to find Sleipner with a sonar, has also a remote
controlled submarine on board. Sleipner is expected to be found at app.
35 m. After having located it, they will send the submarine down, to check
if any of the missing passengers are still inside the wreck. Many of the
survivors has reported panic and problems with leaving the boat fast enough
when it suddenly was filled with water and sank at app 7.45PM Saturday.
All the passengers and crew members were picked up from the wild ocean.
Some of them stayed in the water for 1/2-1 hour before beeing saved. The
few rafts in use, was trown out from some of the rescue vessels, and not
from Sleipner itself.
Tonight many planned events
in western Norway has been called off, among them the Julebord-arrangement
I myself should have participated in.
There will be held a memorial
service in Vår Frelsers church in central Haugesund tuesday at 2PM.
HM King Harald will be present.
The names of the dead are
expected to be released tomorrow. The Flaggruteboat's does not have the
names of their passenger's. This makes it difficult to know who is missing,
and even to identify some of the dead.
New pictures from the acciden area (Saturday before noon)
Men and women from different
organisations like the Red Cross, Norsk Folkehjelp Sivil Guard took part
in the search along the shores. They have a difficult and dangerous job
when trying to find the missing 9 persons after the loss of Sleipner Friday
evening. (see more below). Back
Bilder fra lørdag formiddag
Saturday morning pictures
når Ryvarden og det opprørte havet utenfor
Ryvarden lighthouse as the
sun glimpses throuh this morning
Bloksene, som Sleipner gikk på ligger midt i skipsleia
The rocks that Sleipner
hit seen from Ryvarden
samme skjærene sett fra Lyngholmen
The same rocks seen from
north, on Lyngholmen
koordineres fra Buavåg
The search is coordinated
sendes mannskapene ut på søk ...
From here the search personell
are sent out
svaberg med havet veltende rett inn
shoreside searching, with
the ocean dangerously near
inne i viker, som her ved Lyngholmen.
and in bays, like here by
9 people are still to be
found (Nov 27 at 2PM).
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evening: 20 people expected dead after the Sleipner diaster
The brand new Flaggrutevessel
"Sleipner" ran aground and sank north of Haugesund at 7.30 PM friday.
It happened in the northern part of the ocean Slettå 15-20 minutes
after leaving Haugesund on its way to Leirvik and Bergen. It had 80 passengers
and 8 crew members on board. The whole thing happened in bad weather, with
a south western strong breeze / light storm and total darkness. 13 ships
and 1 Sea King helicopter has participated in the search all night, and
Saturday morning 11 people have been found dead, 9 are still missing and
expected dead, while app. 68 are rescued. This makes this the worst disaster
of its kind in Norway since the WW2.
After hitting the rock, Sleipner
was stuck on it for app. 1/2 hour, and the passengers were told to wait
in their seats. But when the boat skid off the rock, it was rapidly filled
by water, and sank with the bow, while all passengers ran to the back part,
where many of them followed the boat and had to save themselves by jumping
into the 9-11C cold water.
Many boats came to its rescue,
among them Draupner, the similar Flaggruteboat on its way from Bergen to
Most of the passengers, and
many of the dead, were student in the early 20's on their way home for
Sleipner is one of the brand
new vessels in the Flaggrute line from Stavanger to Bokn, Kopervik, Haugesund,
Mosterhavn, Leirvik and Bergen. The boats are very well equipped with satelite
based navigation, giving them an accuracy of 2-3 meters on electronic maps.
They are very fast, with a cruising speed of almost 70 km/h. The ocean
area north of Haugesund is very rough, but yesterdays weather conditions
with hard wind and waves was not expected to be a problem for these boats
and their very experienced crew. In very bad weather passengers normally
are tranbsported in buses from haugesund to Valevåg, while the boats
makes the Slettå-crossing with only the crew members on board.
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/ Former pictures relevant to this incident:
av Flaggrutebåten Sleipner i Smedasundet for 3 uker siden
bord på søsterskipet Draupner (Haugesund Today Aug 22)
Pictures from the similar sister ship MV "Sleipner"
Slettå i kuling 17. november i år
Bad weather in the actual
area nov 17.
like nordvest for Ryvarden.
The disaster area (Mars
fra Ryvardenområdet (Mars 99)
The Ryvarden area (Haugesund
Today mars 99)
New: Slettå kan være værhard i kuling
A Flaggruteboat on Slettå
in rough weather (1998)
Kvalsvik lykt: Slettå kan være værhard i kuling
A Flaggruteboat on Slettå
in rough weather (1998)
i kuling for en uke siden
Rough weather north of Haugesund
one week ago
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Nov. 26-27: Strong breeze,
light storm, some rain during the night
Nov 28: Very hard wind,
heavy rain. Wind increasing in the evening.
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