Skofterud dies in a watercraft accident

Vibeke Skofterud dies in a watercraft accident

It is former Norwegian cross-country skier, Vibeke Skofterud, who is found dead after the watercraft accident in Arendal on Sunday.

Skofterud was thirty-eight years old - writes norwaytoday.info

– The woman is now identified, and it is the 38-years-old Vibeke Skofterud who is deceased. The family is oriented, says Operations Manager in the Agder Police District, Sveinung Alsaker, in a press release. The police reported the incident just before 12.30 pm on Sunday.

– The victim was first reported missing at one am the night before Sunday. She was found on the islet of St. Helena in Hovekilen at 11.30 am today. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor from the air ambulance. There was a watercraft near the islet, and everything indicates that this was a watercraft accident, says Alsaker.

Sorrow

Vibeke Skofterud belonged for many years among the world elite in cross-country skiing. She retired in 2015. Her biggest sporting achievement was the Olympic gold medal in the relay in 2010 and two World Championships gold medals in the relay for Norway in 2005 and 2011.

– This is extremely tragic. My thoughts are with the closest family and friends. It’s is just like a black hole where the world is collapsing, says the Leader of the National Team, Vidar Løfshus, to NTB.

He worked with Skofterud for several years while she was still an active athlete.

– Vibeke was first and foremost an athlete with good results. And then she was a spot of colour, a girl who enjoyed life, always gave of herself and who had a positive outlook on life.

Stopped by injuries

In 2012, Vibeke Skofterud went to the top of the Vasaloppet ski marathon (“long lauf”), as the first Norwegian woman to do so. She also took an individual National old medal in the sprint in 2002 and had 15 individual podium finishes in the World Cup.

After Skofterud quit the national team in 2014, she was going to concentrate on Long-laufs, but injuries and sickness meant that she did not participate in any competitions afterwards. During the Winter Olympics last year she was part of the TV channel Eurosport’s expert team in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The reason for the tragic watercraft accident is not yet clear. A local cabin owner that NTB has talked with, says that there were exceptionally bad weather and poor sight at the accident scene late on Saturday.

The police announce that they work at the accident site on Sunday afternoon and perform technical investigations.

Read more news of Norway on our site.

norwaytoday.info
Accident Arendal Cross-Country Norway WaterCraft
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
2 views in january
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
Euronext operates stock exchanges in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and Lisbon. In a statement, the operator said it had approached the board of directors of the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Bors VPS) to seek its support for a tender offer of 625 million euros for all outstanding shares in the bourse. "Euronext strongly believes that Oslo Bors VPS' unique strategic and competitive positioning, including a global leading position in seafood derivatives and...
Society
The Abortion Act is one of the most controversial issues during the Government negotiations that started on Hadeland yesterday. NTB has talked to several who were on the «red» side in the struggle for the Christian Democrats’ choice of direction. That ended up with a «blue» victory as most are aware. Not least because of Deputy Leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad singled out that it presented a «historic opportunity» to make changes to the Abortion Act’s section 2...
Society
A Morocco prosecutor on Sunday presented to an anti-terror judge 15 people suspected of links to the murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains, Rabat's attorney general said. The prosecution asked that the suspects be investigated for "setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts", "premeditated attacks on life" and "advocating for terrorism", the attorney general said. Seven other detainees will be referred to the prosecution in th...
Society
Lower Norwegian King Crab quotas in 2019 The total Norwegian quota for male King Crabs has been set at 1400 tonnes for 2019. This is a decrease of 350 tonnes from 2018. The Ministry of Fisheries simultaneously warns of tighter control of the industry.   – In recent years we have had a very high degree of harvesting of King Crab. Now the researchers say that if this continues, it will lead to a collapse of the stock. That will not happen. We will continue t...
Society
Dreary news from around the world As Christmas peace descends on those fortunate to live in a peaceful corner of Tellus, it is business as usual, out in the ”real” world. Death toll rises after an attack on Government buildings in Kabul 43 people have been killed following an attack on Government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, the authorities state. At least ten people are injured. Most people killed are employees of the Ministry of Labour...
Society
Heavy winds, avalanche and landslide hazards and slippery roads create problems in several places in Norway on Christmas day. – Drive extremely cautiously, the police urges.   Slippery roads, closed Mountain crossings and bad weather In Voss, one of several areas where, according to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), there is a considerable landslide hazard on Christmas Day, a two-cubic meter block of ice fell on the E16 at Evanger...
Society
Since 1999, the average American has become heavier and shorter according to a state health study. By 2015, the average height Americans around the country were 175.4 centimetres, two millimetres shorter than at the start of the study in 1999. American women were also two millimetres shorter. The study also shows that American men and women have become around three kilograms heavier on average since 1999. The average American woman now weighs 77 kilograms,...
Society
PFU believes that iTromsø, Dagsavisen and Harstad Tidende have violated good press coverage in their writing surrounding sexual harassment allegations against former Progress Party Youth (FpU) Deputy Leader, Kristian Eilertsen. The cases ended with that Eilertsen received a warning from the Progress Party’s organisation committee, without being deprived of office nor imposed with other sanctions. Eilertsen reacted to the coverage of the matter in iTromsø,...
Society
The European Union on Tuesday published further contingency plans for a "no-deal" Brexit, piling pressure Prime Minister Theresa May by warning that Britons will lose a host of travel rights from recognition of driving licences to lower credit card fees and no mobile roaming charges. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said that, while it is working hard for a deal, it must prepare for "all outcomes" and "contingency measures in narrowly def...