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Search for girl trapped in landslide called off

The Local · 8 Jan 2012, 17:06

Published: 08 Jan 2012 17:06 GMT+01:00

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“We don’t see any chance of finding Katharina. That’s the point where we have to stop,” Markus Zimmermann, the director of the area's catastrophe protection office, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

The girl was walking with her mother and sister the day after Christmas along Cape Arkona on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, when the water-drenched earth gave way.

Her mother and sister were injured, while she disappeared altogether, and is assumed to have been buried under tonnes of rubble and mud.

Teams of volunteers and professionals vowed to find her, and used heavy machinery as well as search dogs, in sometimes atrocious conditions, but they were unable to find the girl.

Rescue experts have not ruled out that her body may have been swept out to sea.

“No one can tell us where we can find Katharina,” Zimmermann told the newspaper. “We’ve moved an enormous amount of clay and earth” but to no avail, he said. Rescuers had been working nearly two weeks to find the child.

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08:46 January 9, 2012 by Shiny Flu
I would have used the word 'buried' rather than 'trapped' in your "news of the world" style headline *vomit*. In fact you go on later to use more appropriate language She's clearly deceased and I find it disrespectful to use sensationalism in headlines.
12:59 January 9, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
how is this a news of the world style headline? I think it simply states fact. Well ok, "trapped" may not be the right word, but that's about it.

Condolences to the girl's parents... this is a horrible way to die, let alone lose your child.

When I heard on the news that they couldn't find the girl under the mud I thought, well, surely they could bring in some heavy equipment big enough to dig through a mudslide... but looking at the picture now, the sheer scale of the slide, it's apparently quite a big job, not unlike cutting through a hill to build a road.
14:42 January 9, 2012 by vossy
My thoughts are with the young girls parents.

To dig into a mudslide is like trying to shovel water, as it is removed it just keeps sliding down, horrible way to die for a young girl.

My sincere condolences to her parents. - Sad days!
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