A lesbian couple saved 40 teenagers from the Utoyan massacre in Norway, ferrying people who had jumped into the water to escape gunman Anders Breivik (pictured) away from the island over and over again despite being shot at themselves.

Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen were having dinner on the shore opposite the Utoyan campsite when they began to hear gunfire and screams from across Lake Tyrifjorden.

“We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” Dale told news media.

The couple quickly pushed their boat into the water and began picking up teens who had fled into the water but there were too many to fit on board so they returned four times despite noticing bullet holes in the side of their boat between runs.

Breivik, a far-right extremist who has claimed to be part of a “international Christian military order”, killed 77 people in two attacks on July 22.

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