This couple, Hege and Toril, lived across from the island where the members of a youth camp were being massacred by a Christian fundamentalist. They heard the gunshots and launched their boat to be of help in what they rightly perceived as a crisis. This is a story of the courage of two women. It has not received wide coverage and one can only wonder why. Read on and ask yourself why the mainstream media hadn’t jumped on this story. Don’t they love stories about heroes?
Here is their story, as translated at Talk About Equality:
Hege Dalen and her spouse, Toril Hansen were near Utöyan having dinner on the opposite shore across from the ill-fated campsite, when they began to hear gunfire and screaming on the island.
“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dale to HS in an interview.
The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.
Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat.
Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.
They were able to rescue 40 young people from the clutches of the killer.
“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.
We hear plenty of stories of selfishness, tragedy, and the worst that humans can be. I’m happy to share a story of courage, heroism, and the best that humans can be.