Safety council calls for more speed checks

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The bfu, Switzerland’s council for accident prevention, is calling for more road speed checks. The group in a statement 26 August points out that a decrease in the number of serious accidents in Switzerland is directly linked to the number of speed checks, but that unfortunately the areas with the fewest checks, […]

Man killed in St Gallen mosque (breaking news)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A man was shot and killed Friday afternoon in a mosque in St Gallen, say cantonal police, and another man has been arrested, but no other details are available for the moment. It is not yet clear if anyone else was in the mosque at the time of the shooting, 14:00.

Missing person alert in Vaud (update)

Missing: Eugénie Erb

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Vaud have issued 2 alerts for missing persons, Friday afternoon: Update: The young woman who was missing was found in good health Friday evening. Police seek 59-year-old man missing since 9 August Raymond Grosjean, age 59, has been missing since 9 August, the last time his family heard from […]

Sailor’s body found in Lake Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of the 70-year-old Swiss man who fell off a boat during a regatta last Saturday has been found in Lake Geneva. Canton Vaud police say his body was located and more than 160 metres depth in the lake. They had called on the services of Geneva police who have a […]

School opens Monday in Vaud and Geneva

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Police warn motorists to use extra caution GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in Geneva and Vaud will be handing motorists reminders to slow down and use extra caution around school zones, for 10 days starting 25 August. School has already begun in some cantons, but children go back to classes Monday in the two Lake Geneva […]

2 men die in area accidents

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Two young men have died in accidents in the area, one in a fall in the stairwell of a bar, the other by drowning, near Montreux. A 30-year-old man who lives in near Neuchatel died in hospital, where he was taken over the weekend after falling in the stairwell of a local […]

Man overboard near Montreux: body not found

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – A 70-year-old Swiss man was swept overboard during a sailing regatta Saturday and despite an intensive search, his body has not yet been recovered. The accident occurred Saturday at 15:30 near Montreux, when the man, who lives abroad, was on a small craft with one teammate, on the Montreux-Meillerie leg of the […]

Geneva Rhone takes 2 lives in 3 weeks

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N African jumps into river in Geneva to escape police GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A North African man in his 30s died about 21:30 Wednesday after he was pulled unconscious and chilled from the Rhone in Geneva. The man, apparently living in the city for some time without papers, jumped into the Rhone Wednesday to escape […]

Mountain sports fans, take care: 7 bodies found

Swiss and French Alps: far more rain and snow this summer, making climbing and hiking riskier

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The bodies of six climbers missing since yesterday were found in France Wednesday 13 August. Five were on a two-week training session, climbing the ’Aiguille d’Argentière (3’901 metres); the sixth person was their guide. The six were roped together. Investigators are trying to work out the cause of the accident, but deteriorating […]

Rhaetian Rail train hits mudslide, 11 injured (update 3)

Rhaetian Rail accident in canton Graubuenden, between Coire and St Moritz, with 3 derailed cars

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A Rhaetian rail train slammed into a mudslide that covered the rails on a steep stretch between Coire and St Moritz Wednesday at 12:30, leaving five people in serious condition and six others less seriously injured. One of the carriages fell 10 metres into a ravine before it was stopped by trees. […]