A CHILD boy has died after falling off a passenger ferry in the Baltic Sea.
Authorities said the tragedy occurred on Thursday when the child fell off the ship and the boy’s mother jumped into the sea in a rescue attempt.
A massive search and rescue operation was launched and ships and helicopters from Sweden and NATO local rescue units.
The couple – both from Poland – were later found, put on a helicopter and taken to Karlskrona hospital in Sweden.
Anders Olsson, who was on the rescue helicopter pulling the woman out of the sea, told Swedish radio today that the mother was unresponsive and that first aid was given to her.
“First we received reports that one person had fallen into the sea, then it turned out to be two people,” said Lars Blom, director of rescue operations at the Swedish Maritime Administration’s rescue center.
Today, Polish police announced both deaths.
“Unfortunately, in the morning we received information from the Swedish side that we must inform the family of this terrible news, as both the boy and the woman have died,” a police spokesman said. police officer Mariusz Ciarka said.
The Swedish ferry, Stena Spirit, was in the Baltic midway to Gdynia in Poland from Karlskrona in Sweden when the incident occurred.
What led to the incident is still unknown.
Stena Line spokeswoman Agnieszka Zembrzycka told TVN24: “At the moment, we have no information on whether this is due to a ferry malfunction.”
“We are working with the police and other designated authorities to explain the cause and circumstances of this event.”
Swedish police have issued an appeal to the Polish passenger, asking for any information that could explain how the incident happened.