The Married Lesbian Couple Who Saved 40 Teens From The Norway Shooter
Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen have rightly become national heroes in Norway after they rescued 40 fleeing teens from the massacre on Utoya Island. Using their boat, they made multiple trips into the waters around Utoya where Anders Breivik was murdering 69 people and ferried as many as they could to safety. Bullet holes later discovered in their boat indicate Breivik fired upon them. There's been some concern among the gay community that their story hasn't received the attention it should because they are a married lesbian couple. Let's see if we can't rectify that.
From Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat: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, 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.