Surge caused by passing ship nearly kills boater in Gulf of Finland
Heli Saavalainen, Helsingin Sanomat
A relaxed bird-watching trip in calm weather on May Day turned unexpectedly into a struggle for survival for Helsinki resident and Finnish Environment Institute limnologist Seppo Knuuttila out in the Gulf of Finland, off the Helsinki coastline.
Knuuttila had anchored his boat in front of an islet called Gråskärsbådan, some 12 km south of Helsinki.
The idea was to move the boat to a more sheltered location, but Knuuttila was taken by surprise by the wake from a large fast ferry travelling nearby, on the route between Helsinki and the Estonian capital Tallinn.
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