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Two die from carbon monoxide poisoning in camping trip tragedy

A couple in their 30s died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their camper van in the canton of Obwalden in mid January, a public prosecutor has confirmed.

Two die from carbon monoxide poisoning in camping trip tragedy
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The 38-year-old man and his 34-year-old girlfriend were spending the weekend near Mörlialp in Giswil, Obwalden, reported the Luzerner Zeitung this week. 
 
Investigations suggest the pair decided to heat their campervan during the cold night by placing hot coals in a pan inside the van.
 
With the windows closed, the van quickly filled with carbon monoxide which killed the pair while they slept, according to the prosecutor. 
 
Police have found no evidence of criminality and are treating the case as a tragic accident. 
 
The bodies of the couple were found by police on January 24th after the pair failed to reappear at work that week and were traced to the campground via their mobile phones, said the paper.  

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US teen who drowned in Switzerland was ‘piano prodigy’

The 13-year-old American boy who drowned recently in the Burgseeli near Interlaken has been described as an accomplished pianist and hockey player by his family.

US teen who drowned in Switzerland was 'piano prodigy'
Albert Yin was described as a gentle giant. Photo: Albert Yin Memorial Fund

Albert Yin from Maryland drowned in late June while swimming in the lake which is popular bathing spot in summer.

The boy was rescued by a police diver and resuscitated at the scene. He was then airlifted to hospital. But he later died at the facility.

Albert was a great ice hockey player and pianist, according to comments made by his family to US broadcaster CBS

“Over the summer, we go to perform in prestigious venues overseas. So this year, we had gone to Italy and we had gone to Switzerland and after our concerts, we would go to do vacation and touristy things,” his sister Margaret told CBS. 

The day before Albert died, the 13-year-old had performed the Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt at the Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) in Lucerne. 

Albert Yin's have now sent up a crowdfunding campaign to help fund funeral expenses and the setting up of a memorial scholarship in his name. 

A Swiss police investigation into the teen's death is still underway, according to the Blick newspaper.