GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Warm sunny summer days and the Swiss mountains, lakes and rivers see thousands head out for entertainment, but the past few days have been marked by a number of deaths related to summer activities:
- Friday 17 August a 68-year-old Swiss fisherman died under accidental circumstances that are not yet clear, near Cheseaux-Noréaz in Lake Neuchatel
- a 13-year-old boy from the Goms Valley died after falling from a rocky area Saturday, while he was with a group that was accompanying a professional who was carrying out a herd-selection hunt for an Ibex.
- a 20-year-old Zurich woman lost her life Saturday in canton Graubuenden, while canyoning in the Ragn da Ferrera, where she was caught between boulders, according to cantonal police.
- two motorcyclists died in a head-on crash 1km below the Belvedere Restaurant on the Furka pass, at 15:151 Saturday. A 22-year-old Italian motorcyclist heading up to the pass pulled out to pass a car on a bend to the right and crashed directly into an oncoming motorcycle. The Italian youth was flown to hospital, where he died, and the other biker, whose identity has not been established, died at the scene of the accident.
- the Tribune de Geneve reports that a 14-year-old boy disappeared Monday morning while swimming with his class, in the fast-moving Reuss river in Bremgarten.
In addition, an 88-year-old Belgian woman died after she stepped into the road in the centre of Sierre, cantonn Valais in front of a car, outside a pedestrian zone.