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In two weeks, campers and cabin people in boats around Utøya been hailed as heroes because they risked their lives to save AUF youths on the run from the mass murderer. Now six key witnesses have asked very critical questions about why police first patrol at Utvika not pulled straight out.
Police in Buskerud has previously stated that the first police patrol arrived at the ferry landing on the mainland 600 meters from Utøya at. 17.52. Thus, the first police come out on Utøya much earlier than 18.25, which was when the emergency squad landed, according to several anonymous witnesses who participated in rescue operations at Utøya while the massacre took place.
...According to Aftenposten's conversations with guests, boaters and cottage owners, the police had a dozen boats available to developers camp and the surrounding area. Several of the boats were already on the water.
- There was no reason to swim, a swarm of boats was here. There were also people at the pier with access to the boats, said one of the guests on Utvika camp, who took part in the desperate relief efforts at the pier.
- We saw the police car coming. We can not understand what they did. They could come over right away, said a neighboring house, which helped to rescue several people from Utøya.
- The police's explanation does not hold. There is much we do not get to vote, says another who took part in the rescue efforts.
"Where are the police?" Was shouted on the analog connection from AMK central.If the police had chosen to take one of the boats that were available to developers camp, could be the first police patrol was on Utøya already approx. at. 18, 25 minutes before the specially trained and well armed emergency crews went ashore.
But it would be a dangerous mission with great danger that the first police also would have been shot by the terrorist accused man.
It is an open question whether the two lightly armed police would have survived if they had been sent out on Utøya. Anders Behring Breivik was better armed, and there were rumors that there were several perpetrators of the island.
Had the procedure
Aftenposten spoke of Saturday's secret 'shooting in progress "procedure, which all police districts have had extensive training in. The procedure was introduced after the school massacre in Finland, and clearly states that police first crews on the scene where they fear a massacre takes place, move right in and be willing to risk their lives.
The first patrol began - according Buskerud Police District - "to observe the traffic to and from Utøya". Then they started to help young people who paddled to shore.
Chose the wrong starting point
Local Well-known, witnesses and boaters are also very critical of the police decided to put out their own politibåt and scramble out of contents rod just inside Storøya, 3 km from Utøya. TV news showed images Tuesday of the failed operation, where the over-loaded boat police have engine failure, take in water and police going into a passing boat.
Earlier, police claimed that this saved them for ten minutes. Tuesday evening, said police in Oslo that the space that was chosen was "not appropriate". The election led to about 3.8 miles to the trip by both ferry and development camp, which lay opposite Utøya. The place was chosen by Buskerud police. In addition, the boat five times as long.
Will be anonymous
The six independent witnesses do not want Aftenposten using their name, even though several of them have been interviewed about their heroic deeds in the past. However, they are willing to repeat the criticism, if they are being questioned by police and interviewed by 22 July Commission. Common to all is that they believe can not wait one more year on the Government's commission to answer questions.
- For both the survivors, survivors and us who were present, it is important to answer this quickly. It will make it easier to move on. This is not talking about hunting scapegoats or hindsight, everyone understands that it has been possible to do continuous assessment which in hindsight may have proved to be wrong, says one of the sources.