Workers safe after high-wire fjord rescue

Two electricity workers in Norway were rescued on Tuesday after spending more than 24 hours stuck on a high-tension power line 85 meters above a fjord.

Workers safe after high-wire fjord rescue
Photo: Bengt Flaten/Fjordingen/NTB Scanpix

After spending the night in the cold after their cart got stuck due to a glitch, the pair were able to climb down a long rope dropped to them by helicopter and were picked up by boats waiting for them in the fjord.

"They're fine and in good spirits," a spokesman for the SFE electricity company Asgeir Aase said.

"They were cold but they said it was an experience and that it was good to be back on solid ground," he added.

The men spent a total of "between 26 and 27 hours" stuck in their cart about a kilometre from land, above the Norfjord on Norway's south-western coast.

Several attempts to rescue the pair by helicopter had failed because of poor weather in the area.

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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.