Weather kills three on island of Corsica

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

BASTIA, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Two hikers froze to death and a tourist was killed by a giant wave as freak weather hit the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, emergency services said on Tuesday.

BASTIA, France, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - Two hikers froze to death and a tourist was killed by a giant wave as freak weather hit the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, emergency services said on Tuesday.

Rescuers found the body of a 19-year-old Swiss tourist who was carried away by a powerful wave while walking on a storm-lashed beach in the north of the island on Monday.

Two of the young man's companions were also swept away but managed to fight their way back to shore, despite 120-kilometre (70-mile) winds and three-metre (10-foot) waves.

The second victim, a Frenchman in his 30s found dead early Tuesday, had set off alone to find help after his hiking group was caught in freezing fog, wind and rain, according to rescuers.

His wife and two other woman companions, who managed to reach a shelter for the night, were escorted down the mountainside towards the northern town of Vivario unharmed but in a state of shock.

In the same region, a Frenchwoman froze to death after being caught in the storm on a hiking trail. Injured and suffering from hypothermia, her husband managed to reach a nearby village for help but his wife was dead by the time rescuers arrived.

Violent winds, freezing fog and rain were expected to continue lashing the normally-sunny island until at least Wednesday.


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Subject: French news

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