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Search for four-year-old German girl missing after boat accident in France

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Search for four-year-old German girl missing after boat accident in France
French and German rescue crews are undertaking the search. Photo: AFP
14:25 CEST+02:00
Rescuers were searching on Friday for a four-year-old girl missing after a boating accident in eastern France that killed three people, local officials said.

The inflatable boat capsized on Thursday in the Rhine River that marks the border between France and Germany, just off the French town of Gerstheim and close to a hydro-electric power station and dam.

French and German rescuers were employing divers and using helicopters in a bid to find the missing girl.

Officials said the four people - part of a group of seven Germans and Romanians who had come from Germany - had taken to the water in defiance of clearly posted warnings against swimming and boating.

A man, 29, and a girl aged 6 both died when the boat capsized, while a 22-year-old man from the same group also lost his life when he jumped in to rescue them.

Two other witnesses of the accident who dived in a bid to save the victims managed to swim to safety.

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