Two fishermen drown in Elbe near Hamburg

Two fishermen drown in Elbe near Hamburg
Rescuers search for the men on Sunday evening Photo: DPA
Police are investigating how two fishermen drowned in calm waters in the Elbe river near Hamburg on Sunday evening.

Emergency services launched a search for the men at 5.28pm after their boat capsized in front of the entrance to a marina at Wedel west of Hamburg.

Both men, aged 24 and 28, drowned immediately, but it is unclear how the boat capsized. 

Police said in a statement that divers and a helicopter were deployed and the bodies were retrieved at around 9pm.

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