Another two people drowned in the Netherlands on Sunday night. A 3-year-old girl died in a hospital shortly after she was found in a watery ditch in Leerdam. And a man drowned in the Oosterschelde after disappearing underwater while swimming.
Last year 86 people drowned in the Netherlands, three more than in 2015, according to Statistics Netherlands. Despite this slight increase, the number of drowning deaths in the country decreased over the past 20 years.
The Amsterdam Rescue Brigade previously called on Amsterdam district Nieuw-West to put a beach guard at Sloterplas, chairman Walter Weg said to the Telegraaf. A 5-year-old girl drowned in the Sloterplas on Sunday.
A 5-year-old girl drowned in the Sloterplas in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon, the police said in a statement.
Emergency services and bystanders launched a search for the little girl around 5:05 p.m., when her mother lost sight of her. After a short search, firefighters and divers pulled the girl out of the water. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
The police believe this was a fatal accident.
An 8-year-old boy from Belgium drowned in a natural pool on the Flaasbloem campgrounds in in Chaam, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday afternoon. The boy was visiting family at the campsite, NU.nl reports.
Alarm was sounded on the campsite around 5:00 p.m. when the boy from Zonnebeke was nowhere to be found. Police, firefighters, paramedics and an air ambulance responded to the site, because there were concerns that the child ended up in the natural pool.
A 5-year-old boy drowned in Vleuten on Thursday night. The child snuck out of his home during an inattentive moment and ended up in a ditch, RTL Nieuws reports.
After a massive search, the boy was found in a ditch near his home around 10:00 p.m. Multiple attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful.
According to the police, there is no indication of a criminal offense.
Victim support was made available to the boy's family as well as other local residents, due to the enormous impact the child's drowning had on the community, according to the broadcaster.
On Thursday the court in Utrecht sentenced a lifeguard and two swim teachers to 60 hours of community service. They were found guilty of death through negligence in the drowning of a 9-year-old Syrian girl shortly after a swimming lesson at 't Gastland pool in Rhenen in September 2015. Two primary school teachers were acquitted, NU.nl reports.
The body of a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the Waal river in Tiel on Thursday night. He disappeared under water while swimming with friends earlier that afternoon. The boy is the third person to drown in the Waal in five days.
The boy was reported missing in the water around 3:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. Divers from the fire department immediately launched a search for the boy, aided from the air by a police helicopter, but to no avail. A special team with sonar equipment found the body around 9:00 p.m.
The police pulled a body out of the Waal river at Sluis St. Andries in the municipality of Maasdriel on Tuesday. The identity of the victim is still unknown, but the police could confirm that it was not a swimmer who disappeared while swimming in the Waal at Andelst on Tuesday afternoon. A search for the swimmer was called off around 7:00 p.m. without result, according to De Gelderlander.
After over seven hours of searching, emergency services found the body of a 14-year-old boy in lake 't Zand in Alphen late on Sunday night. The Tilburg boy disappeared under water while swimming with friends around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. The lake is usually used for recreational purposes, like swimming, Omroep Brabant reports.
A 14-year-old boy from Helmond was killed when he was hit by a jet-ski on the Maas river near Well on Saturday afternoon. A 26-year-old man from Zaltbommel was arrested and was still in custody by Sunday evening, the police said in a statement.
The boy disappeared under water around 5:00 p.m. Bystanders report seeing the boy jumping from a boat and then being hit by a jet-ski.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 120 hours of community services against three swim coaches and two teachers suspected of death through negligence in the drowning death of 9-year-old Salam. The Syrian girl drowned after a swimming lesson in t' Gastland swimming pool in September, just months after she and her family arrived in the Netherlands, AD reports.
Amsterdam is installing stairs in canals in hotspots in the city as part of a campaign to reduce the number of drownings. The stairs should enable people who end up in the water to get themselves out again, Het Parool reports.
The Public Prosecutor is prosecuting five people for the drowning of Syrian girl Salam. The 9-year-old girl drowned after a swimming lesson at a pool in Rhenen in September 2015. Three pool supervisors and two teachers will be prosecuted for negligence, the Gelderlander reports.
The investigation into the child's death took a long time The criminal case is expected to start this summer.
A 54-year-old man died after jumping into an Amsterdam canal just after midnight. Bystanders jumped in after hi and got him out of the water. He was rushed to a hospital, where he passed away
Over the past decades the number of child drownings in the Netherlands decreased significantly. Every year an average of 80 people drown in the Netherlands, nine of which are kids under the age of 15. In the 50's an annual average of between 400 and 500 people drowned, nearly 300 of which were children, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Tuesday.
A 5-year-old boy died in hospital after bystanders rescued him from a ditch canal in Veenendaal on Monday. His friend, a 6-year-old who was rescued with him, escaped unharmed
A 3-year-old boy died in Zaandam on Monday after he ended up in the waters of the Zuidervaart. Emergency services tried to resuscitate him and he was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late to save him, the police said on Twitter.
Fire department divers removed the body of a 23-year-old Filipino man from the waters of the Reitdiep in the Groningen village of Warfhuizen on Monday
A 10-year-old girl drowned in the Lage Vaart on Johnsonpad in Almere on Tuesday evening. She was playing with her sister and some friends, went too deep and disappeared underwater, a police spokesperson said to ANP.
An 8-year-old boy drowned in a fish pond in the Limburg town of Meijel on Thursday
A Dutch tourist drowned during a snorkeling trip in Pemuteran, north of the Indonesian island of Bali. The victim is 76-year-old Anton de Jongh
The police released camera footage of three men robbing British tourist Richard Cole shortly before he ended up in the waters of Amsterdam canal Heregracht. Cole's body was recovered from the canal early this month.