Status: 26.09.2023, 06:30 a.m.
By: Felicitas Bogner
Rescue operation on Lake Walchensee: This summer, the water rescue team pulled some kitesurfers out of the lake who had lost their strength or had technical problems. © Water Rescue
The water rescue teams in the southern Tölzer Land can look back on numerous missions this summer. Even at the beginning, tragically, there was a bathing death.
Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen – Summer is over and so is the bathing season at the lakes and on the Isar. In addition to a lot of fun, there were unfortunately also dangerous situations on and in the waters this year. The water guards look back on the season. A tragic swimming accident occurred at the beginning of the season. As reported, a 15-year-old from Munich drowned at the beginning of May while swimming in Lake Sylvenstein. His body was recovered after a major search operation by the local forces from the Walchen near the Sylvensteinsee. In all other operations, the water rescuers in the Loisach Valley and Isarwinkel were able to intervene early enough.
Lenggries: Fatal swimming accident at the beginning of the season
A particularly popular place on hot days is the cool Walchensee. Lisa Grünwald from the water rescue service in Walchensee says when asked: "Sure, the crazy Corona years are over again. Nevertheless, there was also a lot going on with us this summer." However, the audience has changed somewhat. "During the Corona period, there were an unusually large number of young people here who also wanted to celebrate. I think that the party clientele has now flown away on holiday again." In total, the Walchensee water rescue service has been deployed to 119 missions since April. "About a third of these were water emergencies, and in the other missions we were in demand as local helpers in the village, for example in the event of motorcycle accidents," says Grünwald. "In addition, we had a lot of supplies at the hut that we don't even count." In other words, people who come to the water rescue hut and ask for a bandage or something similar. "A lot of fallen cyclists were there this year."
Fewer missions with sailboats on Lake Walchen
According to the emergency services, it is striking that there were significantly fewer operations with sailboats. "It used to be more. On the other hand, we had a lot of kitesurfing alerts during the season." It is not uncommon for the wind to change and kitesurfers or stand-up paddlers are drifted off on the lake or run out of power. "We'll bring them back in by boat." Swimmers or divers were not in dire straits this summer at Lake Walchensee. "Toi toi toi that it stays that way," says Grünwald. Often, the water guards were moved out together with the Kochel police. "The cooperation has always worked great."
Water rescue rescues 84-year-old at Kirchsee
In mid-August, a life-threatening situation occurred at the Kirchsee. An 84-year-old woman had suffered a fainting spell during a swimming trip. "She panicked and as a result of the water crisis," reports Michael Zinsmeister from the Sachenskamer local group of the water rescue service. Fortunately, other swimmers noticed the woman and kept her afloat until the emergency services arrived on the scene with the motor lifeboat. "After the safe rescue from the water, we handed the lady over to the rescue service." Also on the Sylvenstein, the water rescue pulled a swimmer out of the water who had misjudged his strength. Otherwise, according to Ulrich Kirchgatterer, there were still some traffic accidents in which the Lenggries water rescue service rushed to help.
You can find even more up-to-date news from the region at Merkur.de/Bad Tölz.