First I will say a large thank you to all of you who send congratulations on my 86 years birthday 17/8. This day was a bit different from all others. Lots of canoers who return from a fine week in the DANO Canoe area. That’s normal, it was only ca 60 persons.
The wind get strong at midday and we had some guests from a college. They started to paddle back to where they have hired the canoe. After ca 30 minutes we got an emergency signal from a Tracker they had on board. The guest we have and those from our college have all a Tracker with them so we during the week can see where they are in the area. I got the report from the group leader at our camp about an emergency signal and call 112 for emergency. Resque boat, ambulance and a group of rescue people came to Nordmarken Canoe Center from Årjäng after ca 15 minutes. Even a rescue helicopter came after ca 30 minutes. After a while the 2 person who have capsized and got the canoe full of water was seen on a small island where they had swam to.All activities was over after ca 1 hour and thank you to all the rescue people who was involved in the operation to safe the canoers who went out in bad weather condition to paddle ca 1,5 km to the other side of the lake. Our college came later with car and trailer to bring the back to their camp in the south. Well done.
After the incident all at our camp and my family had a fine evening around a fire at our Base Camp and was given a small birthday cake.
A different birthday for me, but happy that all went well.The end of the story will be
“don’t paddle in stormy weather, stay at shore and start paddling when the waves and wind are slowing down