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Man drowns trying to save dog from river

A man died in the canton of Vaud on Sunday as he jumped into the Arnon river to rescue a dog and was swept away.

Man drowns trying to save dog from river
The man died in the Arnon river near Grandson. Photo: Google Maps

The accident happened late on Sunday afternoon near Grandson, according to a cantonal press release.

The victim, a 57-year-old Japanese national living in the canton of Neuchâtel, was caught up in the current and carried 50 metres downriver.

An eyewitness alerted rescue services at around 3.50pm and two units of the Vaud police hurried to the scene, where they pulled the man unconscious from the water.

An ambulance team and doctor tried to resuscitate the victim, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man had apparently been walking his dog along the side of the river when he saw another person’s dog in the water. He jumped in and was sucked up by the current.

He was carried over a small drop and drifted unconscious for 50 metres.

The man’s dog is being cared for in an animal shelter. It’s not known what happened to the dog the victim was trying to rescue.

“We met here every Sunday afternoon. He (the victim) loved this spot,” a local resident told the newspaper 20 Minutes.

A similar accident happened at the same spot a year ago, the paper said.

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CRIME

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

Swiss authorities have sent an 84-year-old bank robber to prison. The man, who robbed the same bank twice, had hoped his age would see him avoid sentencing.

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

A court in the Swiss canton of Lucerne has jailed an 84-year-old man for two years and four months for two bank robberies stretching back across the past decade. 

The man, named in Swiss media as Willi P, has been given a partially suspended sentence and will only need to serve six months. 

The man robbed a bank in Meggen in 2012 and in 2017, stealing around CHF13,000 in total. 

He threatened the bank’s employees with a folding pocket knife placed inside a plastic bag to look like a gun. 

The man avoided jail in 2021 when the case was brought to court, with the judges saying he was too old. 

This time, the cantonal court disagreed. 

“According to the case law of the federal court, even a relatively old age does not in principle justify a particular sensitivity to punishment, which must be taken into account to reduce the sentence,” the court said. 

READ MORE: Why do foreigners ‘commit more violent crimes’ than the Swiss?

Willi P was remorseful, telling the media he was “heartbroken” by what he had done, telling the press his wife had no idea about the robberies. 

“I’m really sorry for everything and felt heartbroken. Afterwards I said to myself: Hey, you are stupid! Why do you still have to do something like this at this age?”

The man pleaded with the court not to sentence him, saying “I’ve been punished enough with my poor health. I am sorry.”

While the court noted that due to the man’s advanced age he may die in jail, this was not enough of an exceptional circumstance to prevent the sentence. 

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