Two men trapped in basket over fjord

Two power workers are awaiting the arrival of an alpine rescue team after spending the night in a basket perched 85 metres above a fjord in western Norway.

Two men trapped in basket over fjord
Photo: "Jogeir M. Agjeld/Scanpix"

Due to unspecified technical problems, the basket the two men were working in got stuck on a power cable one kilometre from land over the Innvik Fjord at 6.30pm on Monday.

Johan Mannsåker at HRS emergency services explained that rescuers had consulted with the police before rejecting an initial plan to hoist the men into a rescue helicopter.

“There is a small risk associated with letting down a rescuer from a helicopter. Consequently, we have called in the Sunnmøre Alpine Rescue group, who will make their way out to the two workers in a new basket and lower them into a boat on the fjord,” Mannsåker told news agency NTB.

After attempts to repair the basket failed on Monday evening, a rescue helicopter was sent to pick up the men before the operation was deemed too dangerous due to the proximity of two other power lines on either side of the basket.

Instead, the helicopter was sent back to the fjord at around midnight to send down a bag of food and clothing to the men in order to make their overnight stay tolerable in a basket that is just one metre wide and 1.5 metres long.

Rescue chief Erik Willassen said the two men were doing well under the circumstances.

“They were a bit cold last night but are in good form,” he said.

Lowering the men into a boat will take longer than a helicopter rescue but is a safer procedure, rescue workers said. HRS expects the men to be taken to safety at around midday on Tuesday.

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Norwegian authorities tow stray cargo ship to safety

Norwegian maritime authorities said late Wednesday that they had begun towing a Dutch cargo ship that was drifting dangerously towards the coast after the crew were forced to abandon it.

Norwegian authorities tow stray cargo ship to safety
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The 12-man crew of the “Eemslift Hendrika” was rescued Monday in a challenging two-stage operation after they issued a distress call while steaming from Bremerhaven in Germany to the Norwegian port of Kolvereid.

The cargo ship was carrying several smaller vessels, and began to list after high winds and huge waves displaced some of its cargo.

The “Eemslift Hendrika” also suffered an engine failure and started drifting towards the Norwegian coastline.

WATCH: Norwegian Rescue services evacuated crew from ship adrift at sea 

Eight of its crew members were airlifted by helicopter from the cargo ship’s deck by Norwegian rescue services but the last four had to jump into
the water to be plucked from the sea.

Video images showed strong waves rocking the ship as it listed to the starboard (right) side.

Towing operations were due to have begun Thursday, but the ship deviated from its predicted trajectory and drifted even closer towards the coast,
prompting maritime authorities to rush into action.

“The tow is now attached,” the Norwegian Coastal Administration(Kystverket) said on its website late Wednesday. “The risk of grounding has
been averted.”

On Thursday, the “Eemslift Hendrika” was being towed slowly towards the Norwegian port of Alesund and Kystverket said “no particular challenges” had been encountered overnight.