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. […]

Tourists who died in train crash wanted to admire waterfall (update)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The minibus with a group of eight Israeli tourists that was hit by a train Monday was taking the unguarded crossing because they wanted to admire a waterfall up close. Police were able to question two of the injured people who survived the crash, and they confirmed police suspicions that this was […]

When the moon shines in Spain …

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three couples described by Spanish media as Swiss tourists paid police euros 200 each after they were caught in amorous positions  in the back of a van in Ibiza. But the fines were not for sexual activity: the six were not wearing seatbelts. Police told Diario di Ibiza that while they have […]

Horrific minibus-train crash kills 3 Israeli tourists (update)

Nidwald: minibus train crash (photo, Nidwald police)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three people died and five were injured when a minibus carrying a group of Israeli tourists crashed into a train at a level crossing Monday morning, near Wolfenschiessen, canton Nidwald. The regional train links Lucerne and Engelberg. The van and the train were headed in the same direction when the accident occurred […]

Geneva driver stopped with 2.24 booze level

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in Geneva Saturday evening at 18:30 stopped a car driven by a 58-year-old Peruvian man whose alcohol level, when tested at the police station, was 2.24/1000. The legal limit is 0.5. The driver behind the car alerted police to erratic driving, on the rue de Genève.

17-yr-old Vaud woman killed in mountain fall

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 17-year-old from canton Vaud died Friday evening when she fell 100 metres while hiking between the Col de la Pigne and the Moiry hut above Grimentz in Valais. The alarm was sent out when the young woman failed to return from her walk. The weather didn’t permit research by helicopter, so […]

Alzheimer’s patient, 85, saved after mammoth search

Vaud police rescue elderly Alzheimer's patient trapped on steep slope, in Lavaux

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – An 85-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s was saved by police using special equipment after she was found trapped on a steep slope not far from her home in Croix de Lutry. A huge search was carried on throughout the night to find her. She was reported missing Thursday and she was rescued at […]

Hacker’s heaven is people who have habits

Heron fishing in the Limmat in Zurich, near Europaallee

Make their job a little harder GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The theft of more than 1.2 billion user names and passwords by a Russian crime ring has made headlines this week, with the usual round of calls to change your passwords frequently. Everyone has habits that make life easier for “social engineers”, crooks who seek access […]