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(De Gelderlander) Drowning in recreational lake is 19-year-old man from Eritrea

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 08 May 2018

The search for the drowning person continues today.
The search for the drowning person continues today. © 112 Achterhoek

Drowning in recreational lake is 19-year-old man from Eritrea

WINTERSWIJK - The drowning person who is  currently looking for emergency services  in the Hilgelo recreation lake in Winterswijk, is a 19-year-old man from Eritrea. That confirms a police spokesman on the spot.

Domien Esselink and Maartje Bressers 08-05-18

It concerns a resident of the asylum seekers' center in Winterswijk. He would have jumped into the water yesterday afternoon from a raft and has been missing since then.

Emergency services looked for the man last night until late in the evening. The large-scale search continues since this morning at 10 am. The area is scanned with sonar equipment. 

Depth

In the course of Monday evening, we searched further with a dredger.
In the course of Monday evening, we searched further with a dredger. © DG

The fire department could search for a depth of about 15 meters yesterday. The lake is a lot deeper, about 30 to 40 meters. A diving team can reach that depth today. 

A strong undercurrent can occur in the lake due to a nearby sand suction installation. Today, however, the police announced that the installation was not on. 

Emotions

The man from Eritrea had gone swimming with a group of about 30 asylum seekers. Agents have spoken to a number of asylum seekers as a result of the incident, but that turned out to be difficult. Many witnesses were very emotional. Today, the police are therefore once again in conversation with the other asylum seekers. 

Drowning in recreational lake is 19-year-old man from Eritrea

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