Lifeboats busy in Dutch waters

16th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Many swimmers got into difficulty in Dutch lakes and on the coast on Saturday due to strong winds.

The Netherlands - Lifeboats were launched 24 times in the Ijsselmeer Lake and the Wadden Sea. On a normal day lifeboats are only called out six times.

On the North Sea coast, the strong winds and extremely strong currents caused treacherous conditions, in which swimmers have difficulty getting back to shore.

A 55-year-old woman drowned in the North Sea near the Dutch resort Zandvoort after getting into difficulty in the water on Saturday afternoon. Lifeguards pulled her from the sea and resuscitated her, but she died later in hospital.

The Hague voluntary rescue brigade saved a record 104 swimmers on Saturday. Two had to be taken to hospital because they had swallowed too much water.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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