Race to stop Norway frigate sinking after oil tanker collision
An operation was underway Thursday to try to stop a Norwegian navy frigate from sinking after it collided with a Maltese oil tanker in a fjord in western Norway.
Eight people received minor injuries in the accident, which took place shortly after 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in a busy waterway in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway’s army said.
The 137 people on board the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which was returning from NATO’s Trident Juncture exercises, have been evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker, the army said.
“It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is,” an official for the Sola rescue centre told AFP.
Images of the frigate published online and broadcast on television showed the frigate was partly underwater and had been moved near the shore.
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