Bay of the Somme – Three dead in a road accident in kayak

In the night from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 January, the bodies of three kayakers were found on the beach of le Crotoy, in the Somme.

Three people (two men and one woman) had gone off to do kayaking in the bay of the Somme, with 5 other members in the club of Sea Kayak and Va’a of the Bay of Seals, at Saint-Valéry-sur-Somme. They were gone in calm weather, to land near the lighthouse in Brighton, a half-hour later.

Very quickly, they were caught in a current much more important, in a rough sea and were faced with waves of several metres high, called awesome by some of the participants “explained on Sunday evening the prosecutor of Amiens in a press release.

The group is then split into two ; four people to join the beach, but the other four are not. The alert is given at the end of the afternoon.

To 22h 30, one of the missing 15-year-old, was found hypothermic at le Crotoy. In hospital at Abbeville, his prognosis is not engaged.

At midnight and an hour in the morning, the emergency services discovered the bodies of two kayakers on the beach of le Crotoy, separated from Saint-Valéry by the Somme bay, 7 km away. A 4 25, the fire brigade discover the body of the third missing, in the basin of hunting from le Crotoy. The 4 kayaks were found washed up.

In the Face of significant waves, they have been shown outside of the kayaks. One of the boats and all the paddles have been lost. The three kayaks the remaining have been linked to make a raft. The waves were such that the kayakers did not see over the edge. A new flood wave has broken up the raft, and was all scattered “details of the public prosecutor of Amiens in its press release.

The sea conditions were” difficult “at the time of the research, according to the maritime prefecture, with waves of 0.5 to 4.25 m and a water temperature of 8 °.

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