Emergency services will resume their search on Friday for the father and daughter who hit the water together on Thursday afternoon while canoeing on the Veluwemeer. The body of the family’s mother was found Thursday afternoon. A seven-year-old daughter was found on a buoy and taken to hospital.
During the search, a dredge will be used, which means that the search will be carried out with an anchor at the bottom of the lake. Emergency services said on Thursday that the chance that the father and his five-year-old daughter survived the accident is small.
Around 1 p.m., the police received a report that a child was in the water. Several ambulances, diving teams and trauma helicopters turned out, a spokesperson for the Flevoland Safety Region told NU.nl. Then it became clear that more people had ended up in the water.
The seven-year-old girl from the German family was soon found on the buoy. About forty minutes later, the mother’s body was found. Emergency services tried to resuscitate her, but to no avail.
Canoe with family has probably turned over
Emergency services spent the rest of the afternoon trying to find the father and the second child, including helicopters and lifeboats. Sonar was also used, which can be used to determine whether a body is under water. The search was called off hours later when darkness fell.
It is not yet known what caused the family to end up in the water. It is believed that the family rented one canoe and the vessel capsized for unknown reasons. The members of the family were not wearing life jackets, a Coast Guard spokesman said.