Eight seamen are injured when the Norwegian navy is driven around and begins to sink after a collision with oil tankers in the fjord
- KNM Helge Ingstad frigate returns from the exercises of the Trident Juncture of NATO
- Clashed with Maltese oil tanker in a fjord in the west of Norway and ran aground
- Fear it would sink when the water got, but just before the coast it stuck
- It is not yet clear why the crash took place. 137 people were evacuated
Charlie Moore for Mailonline
A Norwegian navy frigate and a Maltese oil tanker crashed in a fjord in the west of Norway this morning, injuring seven people.
The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, which returned from the exercises of the Trident Juncture of NATO, was evacuated after the collision with the Sola TS tanker.
There were fears that it would sink as the water would take up, but it was stranded near the coast near Bergen.
A Norwegian naval frigate (photo) and a Maltese oil tanker collided this morning in a fjord in western Norway, causing seven people to be wounded
A total of 137 people were on board the frigate (photo) while 23 were on the tanker, who was carrying the Maltese flag
An image published by the Norwegian broadcaster NRK showed that the water had almost reached the level of the helipad of the frigate.
A total of 137 people were on board the frigate while 23 were on the tanker carrying the Maltese flag.
The 62,000-ton tanker received only minor damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.
& # 39; There is a small oil slick of the frigate discovered, but nothing grand & # 39 ;, said one official.
The circumstances of the accident, which took place shortly after 4 hours in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, are not yet clear.
The armed forces are now looking at all the available resources in the region to help the KNM Helge Ingstad & # 39 ;, said Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen.
Built in 2009, KNM Helge Ingstad participated in chemical disarmament operations in Syria between December 2013 and May 2014.
The circumstances of the accident, which took place shortly after 4 hours in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, are not yet clear