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Tired of rescuing tourists (Norway)
Aftenposten ^ | August 30, 2005 | not specified

Posted on 08/30/2005 6:07:23 AM PDT by franksolich

The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (NSSR) demands that measures be taken to prepare foreign tourists better for the demands of braving Norway's natural elements.

German fishing tourists and inexperienced foreigners in kayaks were surprised and imperiled by Monday's storm conditions in northwestern Norway - despite warnings several days in advance.

"Greater responsibility must be imposed on boat hire companies, both in relation to weather information, safety equipment on board and the boats themselves," NSSR information chief Ingvar Johnsen said.

On Monday 40 foreign kayakers got into trouble in the Geiranger fjord when the wind suddenly turned. Two capsized, but the paddlers were rescued by a local boat.

The near victims were passengers on the cruise ship "Rhapsody", and had little experience with the kayaks they rented locally.

On the Romsdal fjord four German fishing tourists in two boats were surprised by the storm. Two were forced ashore on an island in the fjord but a search operation had to be launched for the others, who had been out in an open 16-foot plastic boat. They were found by the rescue ship "Kjøpstad", after a helicopter ambulance and local police had been called.

Johnsen despairs at the situation, which has become frustratingly familiar.

"This time it went well but we have also had cased that ended tragically, because foreigners do not have knowledge or experience with the coast, the sea and with boating. Also, I don't think it is good enough, putting foreigners aboard a shell of a 16-foot boat with a couple of oars, a small outboard motor and wishing them a good trip," Johnsen said.

Johnsen said that as Norway has become a popular nature holiday destination something must be done to prevent these costly and dangerous situations from recurring.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bison; norway; tourism
I have always wondered why people do not do a little bit of thinking before embarking upon alien territory; much of the world after all is not Disneyland.

This reminds me of the DUmmie PUnidiot "William Pitt" who, about a month ago, went down to hot sunny blast-furnace desert-like Texas attired in what the Bostonian Idiot thought was "cowboy gear" hat, black shirt, black pants, black jacket, black socks, black shoes.

1 posted on 08/30/2005 6:07:24 AM PDT by franksolich
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2 posted on 08/30/2005 6:09:10 AM PDT by franksolich (learn to labor, and to wait)
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Thrill seekers are not only risking their lives, but the lives of Rescue Workers. Maybe they get their thrill but someone else may have to die for it.

3 posted on 08/30/2005 6:15:33 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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Please tell me that they found his dissicated corpse within feet of a What-a-Burger, melted into the asphalt...

4 posted on 08/30/2005 6:24:35 AM PDT by jonascord (What is better than the wind at 6 O'clock on the 600 yard line?)
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No, unfortunately for the quality and reputation of literary prose in this culture, once the Bostonian Idiot showed up in the sweltering heat of the Texas sun burning down, he decided wearing dark colors wasn't such a bright idea after all.

5 posted on 08/30/2005 6:31:32 AM PDT by franksolich (learn to labor, and to wait)
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I used to see this in the mountains where I used to live. Tourists would start a day hike in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals, heading for a mountain peak that still had 3-5 feet of snow on it! Or the inhabitants from "The City" (who had more beer bottles than brains) who were out to get in touch with their "wild" side. Some had to be packed out on stretchers, and a few came out in body bags (if they were ever found).
6 posted on 08/30/2005 7:25:39 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase ("Every man dies, but not every man truly lives...." Braveheart)
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It may vwery well be a Swedish plot...

We could never trust them in Minn.

7 posted on 08/30/2005 11:03:11 AM PDT by Kviteseid (Get up when you wake up and wake up when you get up. F. Krause c. 1952 Minn.)
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8 posted on 08/30/2005 11:40:04 AM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops and their Families)
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I am not Norwegian, just married one. Her family used to warn me not to "Make a Swede of myself". It took a while to realize that it was an insult, as I knew several Swedish families and greatly respected them fore their honesty and hard-work ethic. I did keep my tongue however, especially after my (future) mother-in-law described what she went through during the WWII occupation on the coast of Norway...

9 posted on 08/30/2005 12:18:55 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase ("Every man dies, but not every man truly lives...." Braveheart)
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Most of the NSSR vessels today are RIBs or high-speed semi-planing boats. In years past, they used full-displacement heavy metal. The changes were mandated, in part, by the need to aid inexperienced mariners.

10 posted on 08/30/2005 12:35:22 PM PDT by NelsTandberg
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11 posted on 08/30/2005 2:12:46 PM PDT by JLO
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