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Man rescued from canoe on frozen river

The Local · 6 Feb 2012, 09:01

Published: 06 Feb 2012 09:01 GMT+01:00

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The 41-year-old Sandro P. was pulled out of his canoe near the town of Wedel, just west of Hamburg, by a rescue team after his canoe trip ended in an icy cul-de-sac as water temperatures reached zero degrees Celsius, the Bild newspaper reported late Sunday.

“I don’t see what the fuss is about,” he said afterwards. “In an emergency I could have swum ashore in my wetsuit.”

Shipping was completely suspended between Hamburg and Magdeburg as temperatures reaching into minus double-digits around the Elbe, one of Germany’s major rivers, over the weekend.

Police boats were also unable to use the rivers as large ice blocks formed on the river overnight, forcing police to patrol the waters by car along on the banks.

The Elbe-Havel canal, which links the Elbe with the River Havel further east, has also been blocked with a 12-centimetre layer of ice on its surface.

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Your comments about this article

16:22 February 6, 2012 by raandy
Easy to say after the fact. That he could have simply swum to shore in his wet suit.
21:37 February 6, 2012 by finanzdoktor
Not to be offensive, but then why didn't he swim to shore, instead of waiting for them to rescue him?

@ Chango Mutney: I couldn't help thinking of Nietzsche when I read your "superman" comment. Maybe that is what this guy was thinking, too.
23:08 February 6, 2012 by jusplayinwhitcha
Just one word- Dumbass!
00:04 February 7, 2012 by Runnerguy45
Wetsuit? He would have needed a dry suit then, maybe, he would have had a chance.
17:49 February 8, 2012 by dackelpoop
"Man rescued from canoe on frozen river"- the headline is hilarious.

Why couldn't he slither across the ice on his belly- I've done it many times when my idiot Dackel decided he was afraid of cracking ice after chasing a swan or goose halfway across a lake.

So far- not fallen in.
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