Girl, 4, drowns in Waddinxveen ditch

Crime scene
Crime scene. Photo: Politie

A 4-year-old girl drowned in Waddinxveen on Tuesday evening. She was found in a ditch on Vondellaan at around 8:30 p.m., according to the police.

Bystanders took the girl out of the water and tried to resuscitate her. Emergency services took over from them. "Despite the live-saving actions, the girl died at the scene", the police said. 

The police are investigating how the girl ended up in the water. Bystanders were offered victim support.

Waddinxveen mayor Evert Jan Nieuwenhuis called the drowning "intensely sad" on Twitter. "Only four years old...", he wrote. "Our sympathy goes out to this family and everyone around them."

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