A 25-year-old man jumped from a ferry departing Visby on Gotland on Saturday and began to swim back into harbour, explaining that he had changed his mind about his trip, according to a report by the Helagotland newssite.
The Destination Gotland departed Visby at 7.20am on
Saturday morning heading for Oskarshamn on the Swedish mainland with the man
But as the vessel was about 200 metres away from the
quayside the man was seen to apparently fall from the ferry and into the chilly
The man was plucked out of the water by staff in an rescue
boat and rushed to Visby hospital.
After police officers interviewed him on Saturday
afternoon it emerged that the man had not fallen from the ferry, but had
instead leapt by his own volition, according to the Helagotland report.
The man told police that he didn't want to remain on the
ferry and had instead decided that he would swim back to port.
Witnesses have confirmed how the man climbed the railings
on the boat and leapt into the water, proceeding to swim towards land.
Medical staff at Visby hospital have confirmed that the
man it in good shape under the circumstances but that he is suffering from mild
It remains unclear whether the man with be charged with
any offence or the reasons for why he decided to abort his trip.
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