Swedish soldier drowns in vehicle after sinking in icy river

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2017 8:34 AM

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Armed Forces says a soldier has drowned after being trapped in an armored vehicle he was driving that fell through the ice during a military exercise in northern Sweden.

The army says six other soldiers were treated for hypothermia after they tried to help the driver. They included the driver's companion who managed to escape from the 22.5-ton vehicle before it plunged into the snow-covered river after 10 p.m. Sunday.

"The worst thing that can happen has unfortunately happened," said Col. Mikael Frisell, regimental commander of the exercise.

The 23-year-old soldier from southern Sweden, who was not identified, was participating in a weeklong winter training exercise for some 1,200 soldiers and military personnel.