Police probe mystery Rhine Falls death

Schaffhausen cantonal police continue to investigate the death of an unidentified man who died near the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall) on Sunday.

Police probe mystery Rhine Falls death
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The man fell 20 metres down a steep slope after walking along a trail 50 to 100 metres above the falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, straddling the border of the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zurich.

The man was apparently admiring the view from a platform when he fell, police spokesman Patrick Caprez told the ATS news agency.

He was on the side of the falls in Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall.

Police are seeking information from witnesses.

In particular, they want to speak to a pair of joggers, a man and a woman, who tried to help the man who died on the spot from his injuries.

The couple left when an ambulance arrived, police said.

Police issued an “urgent” appeal for the joggers to contact them.

According to a description issued by police, the man is about 30 years old, about 190 centimetres tall, of slim build, wearing a grey and blue jogging suit.

He had a three-day beard.

The woman is around 30 years old, with dark blond hair.

She was wearing a yellow jacket with grey sweatpants, police said.

A Rega emergency rescue helicopter was used in the bid to rescue the man who fell, with firemen and police divers also called to the scene.

Schaffhausen police are seeking any witnesses to the incident to telephone 052 624 24 24.

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UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker

Swiss police on Tuesday tracked down and arrested a man believed to have carried out a chainsaw attack in a Schaffhausen office building which left several injured.

UPDATED: Swiss police arrest suspected chainsaw attacker
Police in Schaffhausen after the attack. Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP
Schaffhausen police said in a statement that a suspect was arrested by Zurich police late on Tuesday in Thalwil, a town south of Zurich.
In a press conference and additional statement on Wednesday morning police said the suspect was located thanks to help from the public, who had reported his presence in Thalwil. 
He was alone and on foot at the time he was apprehended, and did not resist arrest.
The chainsaw used in the attack was not in his possession, but he was carrying two loaded crossbows and two sharpened pieces of wood in a plastic bag.
The alleged perpetrator was identified on Monday as police appealed to the public to help track him down.
The suspect has a criminal history and had reportedly been living in a forest.
He is alleged to have targeted the CSS insurance company in the northern town of Schaffhausen, storming into their office and injuring two people, one of them seriously.
Three other people suffered various injuries amid the subsequent fracas.
The suspect was caught on camera just before the attack carrying a black bag and rucksack in a photo that police issued to the public during a massive manhunt. 
An international warrant was issued for his arrest and Schaffhausen police were helped by police forces from neighbouring cantons in their search.
Over 300 police officers were involved in the search.