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OSLO, Norway -- A lesbian couple may have saved as many as 40 lives last Friday during the Norway massacre, according to news reports.
Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are being hailed as heroes for piloting their boat to Utoya island on four trips as a heavily armed gunman was mowing down dozens of children at a camping outing.
HS.fi, a local news website in Norway, reported that the lesbian couple were "eating supper in the camping area opposite Utoya island when they started hearing gunshots and screaming." It said the women rescued people who had jumped into the water to escape the gunman's bullets.
Anders Behring Breivik confessed to the massacre and to the earlier bomb attack in Oslo that killed seven people, yet has pleaded not guilty in court. Prosecutors say the suspect is a right-wing Christian extremist who is anti-Muslim.