“An investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing. Benešov police officers have initiated criminal proceedings for the crime of negligent death. So far, it is against an unknown perpetrator, “ said police spokeswoman Barbora Schneeweiss.
The boat with six people, including minors, capsized at noon before noon. According to the police and firefighters, the boaters with the vessel apparently did not hit the culvert. The stream then pulled them across the weir and they ended up under it in the water. A man from another raft jumped into the water behind them to help them, but he no longer swam away, and the police found him dead after about an hour. He was a man born in 1992. The second victim of the accident was a teenage girl who was transported by helicopter to a Prague hospital.
Another woman was transported by the air rescue service to the Jihlava hospital. The remaining four people, including three women and one man, were transported by ambulance to the Benešov hospital.
According to regional fire spokeswoman Tereza Fliegerová, the accident happened on one of the most dangerous weirs in the country. Police, firefighters and rescuers intervened on the spot, and three rescue helicopters arrived. “When the troops arrived at the Sázava River, it was found that the witnesses of the event had pulled some people out of the water and were trying to pull others. Firefighters on site quickly prepared all the equipment needed to rescue the drowning and rescued the remaining people from the water. All minors were taken over by the ambulance service, which treated them on the spot and then transported them to hospitals, “said Flieger.
According to current information, three paddlers have died in the Czech Republic so far this year. Apart from Tuesday’s victims of the disaster, a woman who fell into the water from an overturned canoe on July 4 did not survive the Otava descent in Strakonice. She was revived, but later succumbed to drowning in the hospital.
Flieger pointed out that there is now a lot of water in the rivers and some weirs can be very dangerous. According to her, paddlers should consider whether they have sufficient experience, monitor the current situation on weirs and rivers, and if they are unsure, they should rather wait for a more suitable time before leaving.
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