Sunday, January 16

Father and son presumed dead: – This affects our entire society

– We feel so deeply with those affected, says the mayor of Hasvik municipality on Sørøya in Finnmark, where the two involved in the shark accident belonged.


On Sunday, a shark crashed in Gamvik in Finnmark. One person has been found dead, while the other is believed to have died. The two involved are father and son, and were going out on crab fishing, says operations manager in Finnmark police district Robin Fure to VG.

They are from Hasvik municipality and mayor Eva Danielsen Husby is strongly influenced when VG talks to her on Sunday night.

– This is a deep tragedy that first and foremost affects the family, but also our entire society, where everyone knows each other. We are a fishing municipality and feel so deeply with those affected now, says Eva Danielsen Husby (Labor)

Hasvik church was opened this afternoon, so people could visit it for a quiet moment and reflection. I would think it is a natural gathering place to go to next week as well, says the mayor.

STRONGLY IMPRESSED: Mayor Eva Danielsen Husby (Labor Party) says that Hasvik church is open as a gathering place for the inhabitants of the municipality.

Tonight, the mayor has posted information to the residents on the municipality’s Facebook page:

A very sad incident has hit the Hasvik community.
Hasvik municipality was this morning, at. 12.40, informed that a fishing boat from our municipality had been found wrecked near Slettnes, and that both who were on board the boat were missing.

HASVIK: Hasvik is a small community south of Sørøya in Finnmark.

Operations Manager Fure tells VG that they end the search for the evening due to difficult search conditions.

– We start tomorrow when we can use the daylight and fresh crews.

– Are you starting to form a picture of what has happened?

From what we have understood, father and son have started from Honningsvåg and had an intention to go to East Finnmark and fish for crab there. As I understand it, they were going down the Tanafjord.

In addition to the fact that there has been a lot of weather – it is also a whimsical area to travel in by boat, the operations manager states.

– There are many islets you can crash into, he says.

Completed the rescue operation

At approximately 09.30 on Sunday morning, the Main Rescue Center in Northern Norway received a report of concern:

A shark lay still about 2.7 kilometers north of Gamvik on the Nordkyn peninsula in Finnmark. At about 11.20, the schooner was found on land.

At 14.40, HRS reported that one person had been found dead.

It was the Main Rescue Center that led the search on Sunday, until the police took over at 5 pm. By then, one had already been found, while the search for the missing person was ongoing. They then reported that they no longer considered it possible to find the last missing person alive.

The weather conditions have made the search very difficult. In addition to the boat and one of the dead, an unopened naval box and two survival suits have been found.

APPLICANT: There are difficult weather conditions at Gamvik in Finnmark now.

The boat is said to have been stationary outside Gamvik since about four o’clock on Sunday night.

When the coastal radio did not make contact with the schooner, a lifeboat was sent out from Mehamn to check. In addition, a bulldozer was sent to the area by Slettnes lighthouse to look for the schooner from there.

But it was a Sea King helicopter that eventually found the schooner, lying wrecked on land.

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