Four die in swimming accidents across Germany

Many people head to the water to cool down during Germany’s hot spells. However, swimming in lakes and pools can be dangerous, as a series of deaths across the country show.

Four die in swimming accidents across Germany
A lifebelt next to the Lake Forggen, Bavaria. Photo: DPA

A total of four people – two of them children – are reported to have tragically died in water at the weekend during the hottest weather of the year so far.

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In the capital Berlin, an 11-year-old boy encountered difficulties while swimming at a small stretch of water called the Jungfernheideteich, in the west of the city, on Saturday evening. According to the police, a man pulled the child ashore in a bid to save him. The boy later died in hospital, reported Spiegel.

In Lower Saxony, an 11-year-old boy died on Saturday afternoon after swimming in the Silbersee lake in Stuhr, south of Bremen. Two friends had reported him missing to the German Life-Saving Association (DLRG). Divers rescued the boy from the lake about 20 minutes later.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital in Bremen, however he died on Sunday night.

Two tragedies in Bavaria

In the southern state of Bavaria, a 19-year-old man died on Sunday. He had reportedly been swimming with a friend in the Nehfahrner Mühlseen lake, near Freisling, when he got into difficulties.

The pair had been trying to swim to an island in the middle of the lake, police said.

After a major search operation, divers rescued the young man from the water. However, he later died in hospital.

A 78-year-old man also died in Bavaria. Passers-by reportedly discovered the man on Sunday at Schafirrsee lake in Ingolstadt and pulled him out of the water, according to police reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to figures, more than 300 people died in Germany last summer in connection with swimming incidents.  

Experts say high temperatures draw more people to Germany’s lakes, rivers and canals, which increases the risk of people getting into difficulties in the water. 

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Summer to arrive early in Germany with scorching temperatures of up to 30C

A wave of hot weather is set to hit Germany this weekend with summery highs of up to 30C - and the heat-wave could last a number of weeks.

Summer to arrive early in Germany with scorching temperatures of up to 30C

As open-air pools and cinemas start to open their doors in the coming weeks, Germany is set for a sizzling spell where temperatures soar into the high 20s and even hit 30C. 

After a relatively mild week, a sudden heat wave is due to arrive on Saturday as the mercury hits at least 25C in most regions. All over Europe, a warm mass of air is set to push through from the south and replace the cooler spring breeze, with temperatures shooting up faster in the east than in the west. 

“With temperatures of at least 25C, summer will truly begin on Sunday,” said meteorologist Jan Schenk. The shock of hot weather will enter suddenly, he added, with the season changing almost overnight. 

In the northern parts of Germany, temperatures are even set to climb as high as 30C on Monday and Tuesday, making it the ideal time to head to a beer garden or lake for the first time this year.

In the south, meanwhile, it’s likely to remain more overcast – but with at least 25C temperatures in most regions, it’s still ideal weather to be out and about.

But those who don’t have time for a swim or a barbecue this weekend shouldn’t worry about missing out on the fun: according to meteorologists, this hot spell could last well into June.

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This week, however, temperatures are likely to remain fairly cool at around 15C, though the icy spells could be behind us for now. Even in the night, the mercury is unlikely to drop below 10C. 

Nevertheless, the perfectly clear blue skies are a little way off yet. The string of hot and clear days is likely to be punctuated by heavy rain showers and thunderstorms, particularly in the western and southern regions of Germany.