British tourists rescued from Norway sea after boat accident

STOCKHOLM (AP) " Eleven people, including 10 British tourists, have been injured after being thrown into frigid waters in a boating accident in northern Norway.

Two speedboats carrying a total of 24 people were returning from a sightseeing trip Thursday when one of the vessels struck a water fountain installation.

Nils Mehren, a local journalist who witnessed the accident from his office in the town of Harstad, said the boats were moving at high speeds and the impact threw people into the Norwegian Sea "like dolls."

Ten passengers and the driver spent about 15 minutes in the 6-Celsius (42-Fahrenheit) water.

Three tourists suffered moderate injuries, seven minor injuries, police said, while the driver was thought to be in critical but stable condition.

Harstad is 1,403 kilometers (872 miles) north of Oslo.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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