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School of Herring Sinks Fish Boat

January 6, 1998

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ A school of herring caught in a trawler’s net refused to give up without a fight _ and sank a 63-foot boat.

The trawler Steinholm was fishing off Norway’s northern coast when it made a huge catch of the fish. When the crew tried to haul in the net, the entire school of herring swam for the bottom and capsized the ship, the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet reported Tuesday.

``I have been fishing since I was 14 and I have never seen anything like it,″ skipper Geir Nikolaisen, 49, was quoted as saying.

Crew members tried to cut loose the net but were forced to abandon the capsized ship, which sank in 10 minutes.

No one was hurt and the six fishermen were rescued by another trawler. It was not clear whether the fish escaped the net.

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