Third Belgian dead in Lebanon

9th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2007, BRUSSELS – A third Belgian UN peacekeeper has died in Lebanon as a result of the accident last Wednesday. He was unable to recover from serious injuries suffered when the armoured vehicle he was riding in drove into a ravine.

9 March 2007

BRUSSELS – A third Belgian UN peacekeeper has died in Lebanon as a result of the accident last Wednesday. He was unable to recover from serious injuries suffered when the armoured vehicle he was riding in drove into a ravine.

His close family members were with him when he died, the defence department reported on Friday.

The victim is 38-year-old Lance Corporal Rousche Bergen of the third parachute battalion from Tielen.

The Third Parachute battalion is devastated after losing first its squadron leader Luc Pauwels and now Rouche Bergen as well.  Bergen entered the company in Tielen in 1986. ,"He was liked by everyone and a friend to many," said a colleague from the battalion.

Four Belgians were in the vehicle that drove into a ravine on Wednesday. Two were killed immediately. Their bodies were flown back to Belgium last night.

Bergen was seriously injured. He was brought to a hospital in Lebanon and was in a coma. He was operated upon again last night but there were no signs of brain activity.

His wife was with him when he died. He is also survived by two children.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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