Update 31 August 06:30 Martigny and Valais, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The week’s end death and serious injury toll from non-road accidents in the Lake Geneva area in Switzerland was high, with 2 young men in critical condition after a swimming pool accident in Martigny and a diving accident in Prangins, and three people dead from mountain climbing accidents.
An American student, 20, is in critical condition, reports the Tribune de Geneve, following a diving accident Sunday afternoon at the Plage de Promenthoux in Prangins. Diving is banned along the lakefront in the area because of the shallow water. He was flown by a Rega helicopter to the Lucerne paraplegic trauma centre after receiving emergency treatment at the site of the accident.
A 23-year-old and two friends climbed the municipal pool fence at 05:00 Saturday, according to 24 Heures, and once in the pool two of them noticed that their friend was missing.
They found him at the bottom of the pool, called an ambulance and tried to resuscitate him. He was reported over the weekend to be in critical condition.
The mountains claimed two more climbers, in separate accidents, after the discovery Thursday 27 August of two Italians near Saas Fee. A 45-year-old German man died after a 200-metre fall on the Polux, near Zermatt, and his body was recovered the next day, 27 August. Friday 28 August a 43-year-old man from Lucerne died on the Dent Blanche after falling 100 metres.
A woman who was a passenger in a speedboat driven by her husband is in serious condition after he hit a dock for reasons that are not clear, and she was thrown over the front of the boat into the water, on Lake Morat Thursday 27 August. She was given emergency treatment and taken to hospital immediately after the accident.