Five surfers die in Dutch beach tragedy

Five surfers die in Dutch beach tragedy
Rescue workers stand in rough waters during the resumed search for missing water sports participants in The North Sea at Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on May 12, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 12 May 2020

Five surfers die in Dutch beach tragedy

Five surfers die in Dutch beach tragedy
  • Two victims were pulled from the sea late Monday but died despite efforts to resuscitate them – three more bodies were discovered on Tuesday
  • Pictures from the scene showed rescue helicopters using their rotor blades to blow away a thick layer of sea foam near Scheveningen harbor entrance

THE HAGUE: Five surfers died after getting into difficulty in “avalanche-like” sea foam caused by stormy conditions off a popular Dutch beach, police and witnesses said Tuesday.
Rescue workers retrieved the bodies after a major search following the incident on Monday at Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague that borders the North Sea.
Two victims were pulled from the sea late Monday but died despite efforts to resuscitate them. Three more bodies were discovered on Tuesday.
Two of the surfers were internationally-trained life guards and had worked in Australia, The Hague’s “alternative mayor” Pat Smith said.
“They were busy training. They then disappeared under the foam like it was some sort of avalanche,” he told Den Haag FM radio station.
Pictures from the scene showed rescue helicopters using their rotor blades to blow away a thick layer of sea foam near Scheveningen harbor entrance.
Several boats also combed the surf.
Drownings are rare along the Dutch coastline, but conditions can deteriorate rapidly during storms.
“The whole Dutch surfing community is in mourning today,” one local surfer, who asked not to be named, told AFP.


Four people killed in blast at English water treatment plant

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Four people killed in blast at English water treatment plant

Four people killed in blast at English water treatment plant

LONDON: Four people have been killed and another injured in a blast at a water treatment site near Bristol in England on Thursday, the Times newspaper reported.
"Four dead and one injured at Avonmouth explosion," Times reporter Will Humphries tweeted. "Workers were on top of a chemical tank at a Wessex Water treatment works when it exploded."