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My son could have died on massacre island; City dad's relief at lucky escape from Norway gunman.

Byline: Cameron Doherty

A COVENTRY man living in Norway has spoken of the narrow escape his stepson had from the massacre on Ut[degrees]ya island.

Richard "Rik" Stilwell, 24, a former city bus driver, has lived in the country for two years with partner Ida, who has three children.

He was due to take the SCARY: eldest, Tim, aged 16, to the island on July 22 - the day Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo and went on a shooting spree killing 77 people.

"My stepson, Tim, was supposed to be on Ut[degrees]ya island with his friends," said Richard, whose family home is in Walsgrave. Stilwell But by chance, neither he nor Ida was able to take Tim to the camp as they planned. Otherwise he would have got there just three hours before the shootings began.

"It's pretty scary really. He would have been there if we had been able to give him a lift," said Richard, a driver and lives in Sarpsburg, an hour's drive from Oslo.

Tim's friends were among the survivors of the attack but 12 others from the same town were killed.

The former driver for Travel Coventry and Travel de Courcey has made a new life for himself in Norway and has no regrets.

"You can't stop the world for a few idiots that just want the world to be their way," he said.

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SCARY: Rik Stilwell LOST FRIENDS: Rik's stepson Tim DEATH SCENE: Bodies covered with sheets lie on the shoreline of Ut[degrees]ya Island
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EXNO
Date:Aug 5, 2011
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