Papua New Guinea ferry sinks, rescue operation underway

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rescuers were reporting 219 saved at 08:00 Swiss time but another 350 are missing after a boat disaster in Papua New Guinea. The MV Rabaul Queen, operated by Star Ships, which is one of the country’s largest ferry operators, sank between Lae and Kimbe West after being reported missing at about 08:30 […]

Olympic Museum to close for 20 months: entry free before closing

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, will close 30 January for 20 months for major renovations. Entrance to the museum, which has 200,000 thousand visitors a year, is free from 1 December to 29 January. During the renovations a CGN Lake Geneva boat docked in […]

Ship with 800 sinks off coast of Zanzibar

Close to 160 die at sea GENEVA, SWITZERLAND = A boat carrying more than 800 persons between the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba has sunk off the coast of Zanzibar, with nearly 190 people dead, 20 missing and more than 520 rescued, according to the government of Tanzania. Zanzibar is an autonomous region of Tanzania […]

Missing twins reportedly seen on boat to Corsica (update)

Witness makes unconfirmed report girls seen in Italy day father died Update 13:25  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – French authorities say Wednesday morning 9 February that missing Swiss twins Alessia and Livia Schepp were seen on the ferry to Corsica 31 January. The information has not yet been confirmed by Vaud police, who are leading the […]

Man questioned in Bienne boating death might have had poor vision

Bienne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A 74-year-old man questioned in relation to the death of a young woman, might not have been able to spot the couple rafting on Lake Biel Sunday 11 July. A news article on the SonntagsBlick quotes the suspect’s business partner, and friend of 60 years, who says the man was suffering […]

Geneva offers new visitor pass to tourists

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The city of Geneva is now offering a “Geneva pass” with several special visitor offers that should save tourists money and make it easier to select some of the city’s top attractions. The city’s tourism office is making available for one, two or three days (CHF25, 35 or 45) passes with […]

Police questioning man in Bienne boating death

Bienne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Bernese police are questioning a 74-year-old man in connection with a Bienne boating death Sunday 11 July. His Boesch boat moored on Lake Biel corresponds to the model described by witnesses of the accident. The victim and her fiancé had been in an inflatable craft but dived into the water when […]

Police seeking witnesses to Bienne boating death

Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) -  Bernese police are seeking witnesses who can provide clues that will help them find the owner of a speed boat that hit a 24-year-old woman in Lake Bienne Sunday 11 July, critically injuring her. She died in the arms of her companion shortly after the boat struck. She and a young […]

Zurich youth found dead in lake

Pfaeffikon, canton Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The body of a 22-year-old man from Pfaffikon near Zurich has been recovered from the Pfaeffikersee lake. He and three companions went out on the lake in a boat around 01:30of Monday, after drinking. The boat capsized and one man swam to shore while two others were pulled in […]

Zurich divers find human ashes in lake

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Divers trying to bring up a sunken boat in Lake Zurich Sunday made a macabre discovery: 13 urns holding human ashes were at the bottom of the lake. Charges have been filed against an unknown person for disturbing the dead, while police investigate the source of the urns. Links to TSR […]