Amsterdams canals the casualties

8th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Over the last three years, at least 51 people have died in Amsterdam’s famous canals. Only one of the fatalities was the result of a crime.

newspaper concludes that the other deaths were the fault of the victims themselves: they fell into the water and were unable to get out. One of the reasons for this is said to be the theft of lifelines and belts from the side of the waterways.

Most of the canal casualties are apparently men who fall in while attempting to urinate into the water from the side. An expert has called for more steps down into the water from the sides of the canals and for the lifebelts and other safety equipment to be replaced.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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