Image: An aerial view shows people swimming in the water close to Utoya island after the shooting
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Some survivors swam in the water off Utoya island to escape the gunman's assault during the massacre on Friday, July 22, at a meeting of the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labor Party.
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updated 7/28/2011 6:52:40 AM ET 2011-07-28T10:52:40

A teenager survivor of the shooting massacre in Norway has written a chilling account of how she escaped gunman Anders Behring Breivik.

In her Norwegian blog, an excerpt from which was translated by The Guardian newspaper, Emma Martinovic, 18, described swimming in the water around Utoya island as bullets hit people around her and "the laughter of the bastard as he shot, and his shout to us: 'You won't get away!'"

Martinovic, who was wounded, said she found the body of a friend in the water and said she had helped another friend, who began to struggle to stay afloat, swim to safety.

Breivik, 32, killed eight people in a bomb attack in central Oslo last Friday and then shot 68 at the island summer camp for the ruling Labor Party's youth wing.

He told police he was waging a self-styled "crusade" against Islam and multiculturalism.

In her blog, Martinovic said that she and three others at first hid on a rocky slope until a text message came warning that Breivik was heading toward them.

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They decided to move to the water's edge and that was when she found the body of her friend.

"I dragged the boy's body back to land and when I pulled back his jacket hood I saw it was a friend of mine, and I saw the wound to his head. There was no time to react. I kissed him on the cheek and returned to my rockface," she wrote on the blog.

'Starting to panic'
They decided to swim, taking off clothes and getting into the freezing water.

"It was cold, I felt the chill in my bones, but focused on keeping my head above water. Behind me some of the others were starting to panic, so I shouted to them: 'Keep your head above water, get away from land. Breathe!'" Martinovic said.

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She then turned back and saw the gunman.

"It looked as if he was aiming at us. Poff! One of the other swimmers was shot, I saw the blood stream out, so I started to swim even faster. Then I turned on my back again and saw he was aiming at those who still hadn't started swimming from land yet," Martinovic wrote.

"I saw one of my friends about to leap into the water, but in a second he was shot. Even at a distance I could see and hear the two shots, straight to the head. I saw his head explode, I saw how he was split apart. Panic spread like wildfire among those on land. I wanted to be among them, urging them to get away, by land or water," she added.

She said she "felt the panic seize me" and began to struggle to swim.

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"The panic spread to my breathing, I was gasping for air. Suddenly someone behind me shouts. 'Emma, I can't go on.' It was one of my girlfriends," she said.

Martinovic swam back and the girl climbed onto her shoulders, but carried on swimming with her legs.

"Suddenly she said: 'Emma, you're bleeding', and when I looked down at my left arm, there was blood pouring from it. I tried to shut it out, focus on swimming. ... Behind us we could still hear shooting, the screams, the laughter of the bastard as he shot, and his shout to us: "You won't get away!" she wrote.

'My daddy is dead'
Her friend was later able to swim unaided and a young boy swam up to them.

"I looked at him and said: 'For someone so young you're a strong swimmer.' He looked at me and replied: 'My daddy is dead.' I said to him: 'Don't look back, just keep swimming for your dad. You're doing really great.' To this he answered: 'I thought the police were supposed to be kind to us.'" Martinovic wrote.

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They swam together, but when she turned back to see what was happening Martinovic said she discovered that "there were far fewer in our wake" and "the bastard was still shooting at us."

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They saw a boat and she said she swam over alone, fearing "some sort of trick."

"We had lost faith in everyone. I looked up at the man who lifted me into his boat. 'You're safe now,' he said. He gave me a good hug and asked if there were others. We motored out to my friend and the boy and I said: 'Come on, it's safe,'" she added.

She said she would not give up politics because of the attack and even said she would like to meet Breivik.

"I have so many questions. ... Why? What was he thinking? All these questions which will never be answered," Martinovic wrote.

'Looked the killer straight in the eyes'
Another survivor, Andrine Johansen, 16, was quoted as saying she had "looked the killer straight in the eyes as he pointed his gun straight towards me and shot three times," according to a report in the Mirror newspaper.

Johansen, who spoke from her hospital bed, was hit in the chest; another bullet went through her hooded top and the third passed through her shoe without hitting her foot, the Mirror said. Like others, she survived by playing dead.

More details have begun to emerge about Brevik, 32.

Lina Engelsrud, 31, who knew him when they were children, told the The Times newspaper in Britain, which operates behind a paywall, that Breivik was "troublesome."

She said Breivik appeared to be cold and never had any girlfriends.

Engelsrud noted he had liked killing ants, had urinated in a neighbor's shed and used to spit in the basement, The Times reported.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Video: Norway nightmare survivors recall horror

  1. Closed captioning of: Norway nightmare survivors recall horror

    >> morales. good morning. of.

    >> good morning, everyone. new details this morning about the arrest of self-confessed ath terrorist anders breivik. good morning.

    >> police add more details. two minutes after they made it to the island, they found breivik on the ground with guns on the ground. police were air frad tofraid to approach him. they thought he was carrying a bomb. he want add lift.

    >> he stalked the teenagers like a shooting gallery on an island near oslo.

    >> really helpless.

    >> 360 miles to the north, a mother said she experienced the worst hour of her life. 5:42 the afternoon. she got the text message from hell.

    >> i told police there's a maniac going here.

    >> julie was hiding among the rocks while the killer hunted the teenagers and shot them one-by-one.

    >> reporter: another text.

    >> here she says, i love you. even though i yell at you sometimes. then i really almost broke down. because that was so -- so moving, so touching.

    >> reporter: for one hour, mother tried to hold it in. aztecs continued from the island of death . then at last, it's over. the killer surrendered to police. her brother had no idea about any of it. later he said he found it odd to get a text message from his twin sister saying, "i love you."

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  1. Under heavily armed police guard, Anders Behring Breivik (left, in red T-shirt) is taken back to Utoya on August 13 to reconstruct his actions during a shooting spree on the island. Breivik is charged with killing 69 people who were attending a summer camp at the lake island after killing another eight people in Oslo with a bomb. (Trond Solberg / VG - Scanpix Norway via Sipa) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Up to a dozen police escorted Breivik (in red) back to Utoya island to stage the reconstruction. (Trond Solberg / VG - Scanpix Norway via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Breivik travels with police officers on the ferry to Utoya island on August 13. The 32-year-old Breivik described the shootings in close detail during an eight-hour tour on the island, prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby told a news conference. (Trond Solberg / VG - Scanpix Norway via Sipa) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Relatives and friends of the Norway attack victim Tamta Liparteliani gather near a coffin during a funeral in Kutaisi, western Georgia, on August 6. Tamta, a Georgian student, was one of the victims on Utoya island. (Shakh Aivazov / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg comforts a relative of Mona Abdninur, 18, during her funeral ceremony in Hoeybraeten, near Oslo, on August 2. Abdninur was one of the 77 people killed by Anders Behring Breivik. (Stoyan Nenov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A combination photo shows 21 of the victims killed in the July 22 bomb attack in central Oslo and shooting rampage on Utoya island. First row from left are: Silje Merete Fjellbu (17), Birgitte Smetbak (15), Margrethe Boeyum Kloeven (16), Bano Abobakar Rashid (18), Hanne Fjalestad (43), Diderik Aamodt Olsen (19) and Kjersti Berg Sand (26). Second row from left are: Sharidyn Meegan Ngahiwi Svebakk-Boehn, Guro Vartdal Haavoll (18), Syvert Knudsen (17), Simon Saeboe (18), Haakon Oedegaard (17), Johannes Buoe (14) and Eivind Hovden (15). Third row from left are: Sondre Furseth Dale (17), Sverre Flaate Bjoerkavaag (28), Gizem Dogan (17), Dupe Ellen Awoyemi (15), Silje Stamneshagen (18), Tove Aashill Knutsen (56) and Rolf Christopher Johansen Perreau (25). (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A close friend of Bano Rashid, one of the victims of the massacre on the youth camp of the Norwegian Labour Party, walks ahead of her coffin carrying her portrait as they make their way to her gravesite at Nesodden Kirke, south of Oslo on July 29. (Odd Andersen / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A mourner weeps during the funeral service for Bano Abobakar Rashid at a church in Nesodden, near Oslo, on July 29. Rashid, whose family fled to Norway from Iran in 1996, was one of the victims on Utoya island, where gunman Anders Behring Breivik killed at least 68 people, exactly one week ago. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Mourners gather in a circle to console themselves prior to the funeral procession of Bano Abobakar Rashid. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. People pay their respects for the victims in last Friday's killing spree and bomb attack, at a temporary memorial site on the shore in front of Utoya island northwest of Oslo on Wednesday. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A family drops red roses from their boat into the sea, close to Utoya island, near Oslo, Norway, on July 26. (Ferdinand Ostrop / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. A sea of flowers and lit candles are placed in memory of those killed in Friday's bomb and shooting attack in front of Oslo Cathedral on Monday, July 25. Hundreds of thousands of Norwegians packed city centres across the country to pay tribute to the 76 people killed in twin attacks last week. Picture taken with fish-eye lens. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. People comfort each other outside Oslo City Hall as they participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre on Monday, July 25. (Aas, Erlend / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway, Monday. (Emilio Morenatti / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Elizabeth Amundsen holds a rose and cries as thousands of people gather at a memorial vigil following Friday's twin extremist attacks on Monday in Oslo, Norway. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Thousands of people hold up roses as they take part in the 'Rose March' in Oslo, Norway on Monday. (Joerg Carstensen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Police continue searches on Utoya island, following Friday's twin extremist attacks on Monday in Utoya, Norway. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Anders Behring Breivik, left, the man accused of a killing spree and bomb attack in Norway, sits in the rear of a vehicle as he is transported in a police convoy leaving the courthouse in Oslo on July 25. A judge ordered eight weeks detention for Breivik. (Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen / Aftenposten - Scanpix Norway via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. People stand outside the courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik is due to appear in Oslo on July 25. (Cathal McNaughton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. A boy lights a candle to pay tribute to victims of Friday's twin attacks in central Oslo on July 25. (Emilio Morenatti / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Norway's HH Princess Martha Louise, left, and HRH Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit react while listening to a speech as hundreds of thousands of people gather at a memorial vigil following Friday's twin extremist attacks on Monday in Oslo, Norway. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Survivors from the shooting at the island of Utoya walk along a street in central Oslo on July 25. (Emilio Morenatti / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. A couple react as they pay their respects at a sea of floral tributes for the victims of Friday's attacks, outside the cathedral of Oslo on July 25. (Cathal McNaughton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. People bring flowers to a memorial in front of the Domkirke church in central Oslo on July25. (Britta Pedersen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. People, including relatives of a victim in the center of the picture, gather to observe a minute's silence on a campsite jetty on the Norwegian mainland, across the water from Utoya island, on July 25. People have been placing floral tributes in memory of those killed in the shooting massacre. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. People stand in front of the Domkirke church in central Oslo on July 25. The bombing of government buildings in Oslo and the subsequent shooting spree at a political youth camp on Utoya island on 22 July have claimed more than 90 lives with the death toll still feared to rise. (Joerg Carstensen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. French police officers work around the house of Jens Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, in Cournanel, southern France, on July 25. Anders Behring Breivik is reported to have admitted to Friday's shootings at a youth camp and a bomb that killed seven people in Oslo's government district, but to have denied any criminal guilt. (Bob Edme / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, left, hugs Queen Sonja as King Harald, right, looks on outside a government building in Oslo on July 24. (Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Three roses float in Tyrifjord Lake near a makeshift memorial for the victims of the massacre on Utoya island on July 24. (Britta Pedersen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Friends and loved ones gather at Oslo cathedral on July 24 to mourn victims killed in the twin terror attacks. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Rescue personnel continue in their search for the missing in Tyrifjor lake, just off Utoya island July 24. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Survivors and relatives of a shooting rampage on the Utoya island mourn following a memorial service in the Oslo cathedral July 24. (Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. German Marcel Gleffe stands on Utvika camping ground in front of Utoya Island, Norway, July 24. According to news sources, Gleffe, who has a military background, saved up to 30 youths from the Utoya island shooting. Reports state that he was on holiday with his family at a campground across the water from Utoya when he heard the gunfire. He and others reportedly jumped into boats and began ferrying people escaping the island to safety. (Britta Pedersen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Adrian Pracon, one of the survivors of the Utoya island massacre, speaks from his bed at Ringerike hospital on July 24. He pretended to be dead, and was able to survive with a gunshot wound in his shoulder. (Steinar Schjetne / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. A combination of images shows Anders Behring Breivik, the man identified by Norwegian police as the gunman and alleged bomber behind the attack on government buidlings and the Labour party youth camp in Oslo on July 22 . Breivik told police he acted alone in the attack he had planned over many months. (Facebook / YouTube / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Utoya island, located 40 kilometers southwest of Oslo, is seen in the background as people light candles on July 23, in memory of the victims of the July 22 shooting spree on the island. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Members of the police and army carry out searches on a farm rented by Anders Behring Breivik in the small rural region of Rena, 93 miles north of Oslo, July 23. Breivik was arrested after Friday's massacre of young people on a tiny forested holiday island that was hosting the annual summer camp for the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour party. The 32-year-old Norwegian was also charged for the bombing of Oslo's government district that killed seven people hours earlier. (Cathal McNaughton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Family members and survivors react as Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja (not seen) arrive to comfort them outside a hotel northwest of Oslo July 23. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. A boat of rescue services is seen near the bodies of victims covered with white blankets resting at the shore of Utoya island following a July 22 shooting spree at the island, west of the capital Oslo, Norway, July 23. (Kristoffer Oeverli Andersen / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Youths are escorted away from a camp site in Utoya, Norway, July 23. (Scanpix Norway / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. The shattered windows of a government building are seen on July 23 in Oslo, following Friday's bombing. (Vegard Grott / Scanpix Norway via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. People gather outside the Oslo Cathedral to mourn and show their respect for the victims of the July 22 shooting at a Norwegian Labour Youth League camp, July 23. (Jan Johannessen / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. People embrace inside a hotel where relatives of victims and survivors of the shooting which took place at a meeting of the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour Party on Utoya island gather in Sundvollen on Friday. (Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Emergency services are seen on Utoya island searching for the missing after a shooting took place at a meeting of the youth wing of Norway's ruling Labour Party on Friday. (Str / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. A wounded woman is brought ashore opposite Utoya island after being rescued from a gunman who went on a killing rampage targeting participants in a Norwegian Labour Party youth organisation event on the island on Friday. (Svein Gustav Wilhelmsen / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. A SWAT team aim their weapons while people take cover during a shoot out at Utoya island, some 40 km south west of the capital Oslo on Friday. (Jan Bjerkeli / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. An aerial view of Utoya Island taken July 21. A gunman opened fire on youths at a camp on the island, killing at least nine. Police arrested a suspect, a Norwegian, and said he was linked to the bomb blast in Oslo. (Lasse Tur / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Still images taken from surveillance camera footage show the moment the bomb blast struck the Digital Impuls store in Oslo on Friday July 22, as glass shatters and people run out of the store. (Reuters Tv / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Smoke pours from a building in the center of Oslo, Norway, on Friday, July 22, after an explosion that damaged several buildings, including the prime minister's office, shattering windows and covering the street with documents. The bombing was linked to a nearly simultaneous attack on a youth camp northwest of Olso in which a man dressed as a policeman opened fire on young people. (Thomas Winje ØIjord / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. A man tends to a wounded woman after an explosion near government buildings in Oslo. (Morten Holm / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Smoke rises from central Oslo after the explosion. (Jon Bredo ØVeraas / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. An injured woman is helped by a man at the scene of the explosion. The blast damaged government buildings in central Oslo, including Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office. (Scanpix Norway / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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    A young victim is helped in the center of Oslo, following an explosion that tore open several buildings. (Winje ÃIjord / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Rescue officials help a wounded man. (Roald Berit / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. The wreckage of a vehicle lies outside government buildings after the blast. (Fartein Rudjord / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. An injured man is treated at the scene in Oslo. (Thomas Winje Oijord / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. A damaged building is seen after the bomb blast. (Andersen Aleksander / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Timeline: Attacks in Norway

On July 22, a powerful bomb in Oslo was followed by a mass shooting on nearby Utoya Island. Here is the sequence of events. All times are local.

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