Soccia – Five hikers have died after they Wednesday were swept away by the rapidly rising water of the river in the Zoïcu gorge on Corsica. The remains of four hikers, including a child of seven, its Wednesday already found. The body of a 22-year-old woman, who after the accident was reported missing, Thursday is found.
This is reported by the channel BFMTV. The gorge is located in the municipality of Soccia northeast of the capital, Ajaccio. By heavy rains in the area over the last few days the water in the river greatly increased. The walkers were on Wednesday taken by surprise by the rising water.
It has the last period of severe rain in the area. One of the two survivors would be the mother of the child. Rescue workers are engaged in a search for the missing person.
The group, which initially, from thirteen persons existed, did it on ’canyoning’ ; a combination of walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling or swimming. According to French media group during the practice of this outdoor sport was overwhelmed by the water. The Zoïcu gorge is also a popular place for hikers and kayakers.
Six of the twelve people with a guide on the path were in the gap hooked earlier because the journey is too heavy for them. The seven remaining people were at the end of the afternoon was overwhelmed by a tidal wave.
There was at the time of the fatal accident weercode yellow of strength, because of heavy rainfall. The French Public Prosecutor’s office sets up a research to see if the organizers of the tour of negligence can be blamed.
About the nationality of the victims, the authorities have still no announcements made.
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