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German man dead after falling into Swedish lake

Published: 09 May 2011 06:48 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 May 2011 06:48 GMT+02:00

The accident took place on Havdetjärnet lake, west of the village of Köpmannebro in the province of Dalsland, when two men from Germany fell from their boat into the water.

“One of the men got a cramp and stood up and fell into the lake and the other man fell in the lake as well,” Västra Götland County police spokesperson Björ Blixter told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Two women accompanying the men, both of whom were also from Germany, heard screams for help and called emergency services around 10.20am.

But the visiting Germans had a hard time explaining to operators exactly where they were, and it took more than on hour for rescue workers to arrive on the scene.

While one of the men made it back to shore, the other man, reported to be in his fifties or sixties by the local Nya Wermlands Tidning (NWT), was eventually picked up by rescue workers and later pronounced dead at Dalsland hospital.

“Time is important in circumstances like these, but there’s no guarantee that we could have saved the man even if we’d found the spot right away,” said Blixter.

The man who made it to shore and the two women were in a state of shock following the accident and have been offered counselling support by local authorities.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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08:34 May 9, 2011 by J Jack
Cramp is common sitting on a small boat. Wear a life vest that will keep your neck above water. Although it is painful and can even make you faint, cramp wont kill you. Drowning and hypothermia will. I have now heard of 5 drownings here in the last month & no mention of life preservers. You can borrow one free from Silverline SUP. Just search it on FB and send Captain Jono a message.
11:30 May 9, 2011 by johnny1939
One learns something new every day. I have personally been risking my life for many years crouching around in smallish boats w/o life preservers of any kind will not do that anymore for sure!
22:10 May 9, 2011 by Iraniboy
Next news:

A German man cut his hands by a Swedish made knife! Damn these Swedes!! :D
22:18 May 9, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Happens here every year we just had a man in his 60's die because he wasn't wearing a life jacket when he fell overboard in the cold water we have here in Washington State. People just don't learn....wear your life jacket!!!
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