Torrent kills canyoning tourist and guide

by Malcolm Curtis|The Local, Switzerland|October 8, 2012

A 23-year-old German woman and her Belgian guide, 24, died while canyoning on Sunday when a surge of water swept them into the Fallenbach River near Amden in the canton of Saint Gallen.

The pair were among two groups in the canyon who were surprised on Sunday afternoon by rising waters triggered by heavy rainfall, cantonal police said.

One group managed to escape the torrent without injury.

Three members of the other group were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries after being rescued by a Rega search and rescue team.

But the other two members of the group were carried away by the current of the river, which empties into the Walensee, a lake that straddles the borders of the cantons of Saint Gallen and Glarus.

A search for the pair ensued, involving 60 people from the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC), search and rescue experts, the local fire department and cantonal police.

A helicopter initially pressed into service was eventually grounded because of poor weather.

SAC members finally pulled the bodies of the two missing members from the river at around 11pm, police said.

The exact circumstances of their death remain under investigation.

To read the full article and see a related YouTube video, check TheLocal.ch

Plus: Criminal probe launched into canyoning deaths

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About Malcolm Curtis

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