Body of father and daughter found after canoe accident

The Veluwemeer. Photo: Gouwenaar via Wikimedia Commons
The Veluwemeer. Photo: Gouwenaar via Wikimedia Commons

Divers have found the body of a German man who drowned after a canoe accident on the Veluwemeer lake in Flevoland on Thursday, as well as that of his five year old daughter.

The first inkling that the family of four, who are from Germany, were in trouble came at 1pm on Thursday afternoon following a report of a child in the water, a spokesman for the safety region Flevoland told

The child, a seven-year-old girl, was found clinging to a buoy a short time later. Forty minutes later divers found the body of her mother.

Emergency services used helicopters, boats and sonar to try to locate the missing father and daughter but had to call off the search at nightfall.

It is not known what caused the canoe to capsize. The family were not wearing life jackets, a coast guard member said.

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