31 People Drowned in Swiss Waters in 2016, More than Half Foreigners

31 People Drowned in Swiss Waters

In lakes and rivers, it already came this year to several fatal accidents. Also two children are among the victims

 

www.tagesanzeiger.ch | July 21, 2016

 

31 People Drowned in Swiss Waters in 2016, More than Half Foreigners

 

During the hot summer days the Swiss waters provide a soothing cooling. But the dip in holds dangers. So already 31 people have drowned this year, about half of them foreigners.

 

Although the summer was weather is concerned far more permeated, “but there was very hot phases during which people flocked down to the water,” said Philipp Binaghi, spokesman for the Swiss Life-Saving Society (SLRG).

 

15 fatal accidents occurred in lakes, 14 rivers and two diving.The vast majority of bathing victims – namely a total of 27 – were men, only two women were among them. Also two children were bathing in the river died.

 

The casualty figures are thus about twenty percent higher than last year, as by mid-July 26th bathing people were killed.Overall in 2015, 48 people had drowned during the bathing season of storybook summer. Those were already more than 21, 2014.

 

More than half of foreigners

 

Striking the high proportion of foreigners among the dead bathing. In the first six months of this year came under SLRG 17 tourists, refugees or asylum seekers lost their lives that are more than half of the drowned.

 

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This is despite the SLRG their bathing rules in Arabic, Somali, Tigrinya – translated, Tamil, English, Serbo-Croatian and Portuguese – the language is spoken in Eritrea. Appropriate panels were asked to asylum centers are available and can be downloaded from the Internet.

 

In addition, other preventive measures have been introduced.So take care, for example in the Zurich Hallenbad Altstetten a “refugee lifeguard” to asylum seekers from the test center nearby. In Berner Marzili nine refugees are employed as “communication Supporter”.

 

Ahmed Mohamed's mission is to address asylum seekers in Wylerbad and make them aware of the not easily recognizable hazards.

Ahmed Mohamed’s mission is to address asylum seekers in Wylerbad and make them aware of the not easily recognizable hazards. Picture: Franziska Rothenbühler

 

Binaghi is convinced that these measures bring something “otherwise we would not make it.” However: “The more people are on the water, the greater the risk that something happens,” Binaghi said.

 

Lifejacket in river

 

According SLRG allowed themselves prevent most accidents, would the bathing rules respected. The company recommends especially when swimming in rivers to wear a life jacket. In lakes longer distances should not be alone swam, and swimmers should bring a Baywatchboje or other flotation devices.

 

Small children should be supervised “within reach” according bathing rules. You could even in shallow water to drown in less than twenty seconds. (Ij / sda)

 

Software Translation from German

 

Source: http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/panorama/vermischtes/31-Menschen-in-Schweizer-Gewaessern-ertrunken/story/14768040

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