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DROWNING

Man dies while swimming in Lucerne triathlon

An investigation is under way into how a participant of a triathlon in the canton of Lucerne died while swimming in Lake Sempach.

Man dies while swimming in Lucerne triathlon
Swimmer in Lake Sempach triathlon (2012). Photo: Sempacherseetri.ch

Police divers found the body of a 59-year-old German man in 11 metres of water on Monday.

The victim, a resident of Basel, was just 100 metres from the finish line of the Lake Sempach triathlon competition held on Sunday at Nottwil.

Lucerne cantonal police said they were informed at 4.15pm on the day of the competition that the man was missing.

A search was immediately launched with boats, a police dog and a Rega search and rescue helicopter.

The search continued on Monday until the man’s body was found.

To clarify the cause of the man’s death, the body was sent to the local forensic institute for an autopsy, police said. 

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ACCIDENT

Mother dies rescuing toddler from lake

A woman has died in a tragic accident in the Etang Long lake in the canton of Valais.

Mother dies rescuing toddler from lake
The accident happened at the Etang Long. Photo: Canton Valais police

The non-swimmer from Ivory Coast was attempting to rescue her three-year-old son from the lake near Crans Montana on July 6th when she herself fell in, 20 Minuten reported.

The woman was in turn rescued and flown by an air rescue helicopter to hospital in Sion where she died of her injuries on Tuesday.

The toddler was unharmed.

Valais cantonal police said it was not clear how the child had managed to fall in to the lake.

There are frequent reports of accidents or drownings in Swiss lakes and rivers in the summer months, often caused by inexperienced swimmers overestimating their own ability.

Every year warnings and advice are issued to those seeking to cool off in Swiss waters.

But even experienced swimmers are not immune to risk. Earlier this month a man died while taking part in the annual Lake Zurich Seeüberquerung in which thousands of swimmers take part.