British man, 43, dies while trying to swim to a platform in the middle of a Swiss lake

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British man, 43, dies trying to swim to a platform in the middle of a Swiss lake

  • The man swam in the small lake of Schwenseee in the canton of St. Gallen
  • Rescuers tried to resuscitate him and an air ambulance was on site
  • But they were unable to resuscitate the man and he died on the platform

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A British man has died trying to swim to a platform in the middle of a Swiss lake.

The tragedy happened on Friday afternoon on the small lake of Schwensee in the canton of St. Gallen, in northeastern Switzerland.

First responders began to resuscitate the man on the wooden platform and an EMT was also lowered onto it from an air ambulance and joined the effort.

A British man has died while trying to swim to a platform in the middle of a Swiss lake

A British man has died while trying to swim to a platform in the middle of a Swiss lake

But despite their best efforts, they were unable to resuscitate the 43-year-old.

The St. Gallen Cantonal Police said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “On Friday (26/08/2022), shortly before 5:15 p.m., the St. Gallen Cantonal Emergency Center received a report of a swimming accident at Vorderer Schwenseee.

“Despite the rapid arrival of rescuers, a 43-year-old Briton has died at the scene.

‘Third parties have reported a swimming accident to the cantonal emergency centre.

‘A male had trouble swimming to the float and was then resuscitated on the raft by first aiders.

The tragedy occurred on the small lake of Schwensee in the canton of St. Gallen, in northeastern Switzerland, on Friday afternoon

The tragedy occurred on the small lake of Schwensee in the canton of St. Gallen, in northeastern Switzerland, on Friday afternoon

The tragedy occurred on the small lake of Schwensee in the canton of St. Gallen, in northeastern Switzerland, on Friday afternoon

“The emergency physician from the AP3 air rescue team was immediately dropped onto the float and continued CPR. Unfortunately, this had to be canceled and the 43-year-old Briton died on the spot.

‘In addition to several patrols by the cantonal police of St. Gallen, the air rescue service AP3, the local fire brigade, a rescue specialist and a care team were also deployed.

‘The exact course of the accident is being clarified under the direction of the public prosecutor’s office of the canton of St. Gallen.’

The victim’s name was not released.

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