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Germany: Many swimming accidents on the hot weekend


The extreme heat attracted numerous bathers to Germany's waters. There were many accidents, several people are still missing, at least one man died.

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Einfelder See near Neumünster: the tracking dog Thor is looking for the missing 13-year-old

Photo: Markus Scholz / dpa

Germany is experiencing the first heat wave of summer.

Many were drawn to lakes and rivers these days.

There were several swimming accidents.

Several people died, some are still missing.

A girl disappeared while bathing in the Einfelder See near Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein.

The 13-year-old has been missing since Friday afternoon, said a police spokesman.

According to this, a friend had seen her playing in the water that afternoon.

A short time later, there was no trace of the 13-year-old.

Since then, emergency services have been looking for the missing person, so far without success.

In the Märkisches Kreis in North Rhine-Westphalia, an eleven-year-old boy was barely rescued: As the local police authority reported, two older boys had found him lifeless in the swimming pool.

The boy could be reanimated.

It goes to him "according to the circumstances."

According to media reports in Baden-Württemberg, a man went under in Karlssee on the former site of the Federal Garden Show.

According to information from the "Heilbronn Voice", the 22-year-old was rescued and reanimated by divers from the fire brigade, but then died in the hospital.

A 20-year-old man also drowned in the Achterdieksee in Bremen.

As the German Life Rescue Society (DLRG) announced, the 20-year-old man was discovered by a lifeguard around 30 meters from the shore at a depth of 4 to 5 meters after bathers had drawn attention to the accident.

The resuscitation attempt by an emergency doctor who had arrived in the meantime failed.

A young man was also carried away by the current of the Elbe on Friday evening in Hamburg and has been missing since then.

At first a witness tried to help the boy, but he too drowned in the water and was finally rescued by a police officer.

However, the 17-year-old could not be found by the arriving police.

The missing person is now being searched for with the help of divers and drones.

The water rescue service in Bavaria advised caution when bathing in lakes, rivers and outdoor pools.

The occasion: At temperatures around 30 degrees, two women and a man recently died in Bavarian waters in Nuremberg, near Munich and in the Upper Franconian district of Hof.

"Mass of non-swimmers overwhelmed us"

According to the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), one problem is the canceled swimming lessons due to the corona pandemic, for example in Brandenburg.

"A large number of non-swimmers want to take courses, that is overwhelming," said the DLRG spokesman for the country.

The volunteer workers are reaching their limits, rescue organizations and swimming schools are trying to compensate for this, but that will be difficult because of the limited capacity in the swimming pools and open air pools.

For Sunday, the German Meteorological Service reports local heavy rainfalls, sometimes with squalls and hail.

During the day, however, it gets muggy again, with maximum temperatures of up to 37 degrees.

ime / dpa

Source: spiegel

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