Sail ship JOHANNA sank in Oslofjord, 156 people rescued

Sail ship JOHANNA reported taking on water at 2122 LT July 9, while cruising with 149 passengers and 7 crew on board off Nesottddtangen, inner Oslofjord. Understood crew intentionally grounded the ship to avoid sinking. JOHANNA sank by stern, resting on bottom with hull and superstructure partially above the water. By 2300 all people were rescued and transported ashore, no injures reported. JOHANNA is one of the oldest sail ships in use in Norway, she was built in 1892. Tonnage is 115 BRT, length 28 meters, flag Norway, operator AS and Batservice Sightseeing AS. The ship was performing cruises in Oslofjord. Cause of water ingress yet unknown. Photo of sinking JOHANNA during rescue, more photos at
http://www.aftenposten.no/norge/156-reddet-da-charterbat-gikk-ned-i-Oslofjorden-595692b.html

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