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Statue of ‘Icelandic hero’ near Boathouse Row found in Schuylkill River

October 2, 2018

Viking explorer Thorfinn Karlsefni — on the north end of Boat House Row on Kelly Dr. Aug. 16, 2017. Alt-right groups have an affinity for Vikings and annually gather at The Viking Statue sometime in October around Leif Erikson’s birthday.

By Staff

A statue near Boathouse Row ended up in the Schuylkill River overnight in what appears to be an act of vandalism.

The statue — a tribute to Thorfinn Karlsefni, a Viking explorer — appears to have been yanked off its pedestal with a rope and is now submerged in the river, police told 6ABC. Philadelphia police did not return an immediate request for comment Tuesday morning.

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