Numerous skating enthusiasts braved the cold, and possibly thin ice, to go skating on the Amsterdam canals on Friday. The Prinsengracht was particularly popular, with dozens of skaters spotted on the canal.
Two skaters fell through too thin ice on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam on Thursday. One managed to get out of the water himself, the other had to be rescued. Bob Maas, the unofficial ice master of the Dutch capital, thinks that the ice on the canals will be thick enough to skate on safely over the weekend, Het Parool reports.
A daredevil skater was spotted on the Keizergracht in Amsterdam on Thursday. Despite some Amsterdam canals being closed to boating traffic since Tuesday to promote ice forming, the ice on the canals is still not thick enough to skate on safely, Waternet warns.
Amsterdam water authority Waternet started closing canals to boating traffic on Tuesday, to give the thin layer of ice on the canals opportunity to grow thick enough that skaters can get out onto the canals.
Waternet is also closing locks and switching off pumping station, so that the water flows more slowly and ice can form more easily.
There is not yet enough ice in the Amsterdam canals to close them to boating traffic, Waternet announced on Monday. The canal manager will check again on Tuesday whether measures can be taken to make sure that skaters can skate on the canals.
Waternet also checked every day over the weekend whether there was enough ice on the canals. On Sunday a spokesperson told the Telegraaf that "there is already ice here and there".
With freezing temperatures hitting the Netherlands in the coming days, Amsterdam skating enthusiasts are hopeful that they may have a chance to get out onto the canals again. The last time the canals froze enough for skating, was in 2012, Het Parool reports.
"For the second time this week, we could hand out a flower for a heroic deed", the Den Bosch police wrote on Facebook. On Wednesday 70-year-old Cees van Loon rescued his toddler neighbor from drowning. "A heroic deed? Anyone would've done it", Cees said to Omroep Brabant.
Four people were hospitalized when their car crashed into a canal in the Friesland town of Waskemeer on Sunday evening. Two of them, a 9-year-old boy from Leeuwarden and a 19-year-old woman from Haulerwijk, are in critical condition, the police said in a statement.
A total of six people were in the car when it crashed int the Haulerwijkstervaart on Compagnonsweg. All six were taken to hospital, two were discharged after being checked over.
Bystanders managed to help some of the car's occupants out of the water while emergency services responded.
Octave Durham, best known as one of the burglars who stole two Van Gogh paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, jumped into an Amsterdam canal while running from the police on Sunday. He was taken to hospital for observation.
A body was found in the Lauriegracht in Amsterdam on Monday afternoon. The victim's identity or how he came to be dead in the water is still unclear, AT5 reports.
The body was removed from the water with a stretcher. A tent was set up on the street for a forensic investigation. A forensic doctor from public health service GGD was also called in.
Around 6:30 p.m. the body was moved to the morgue, according to AT5.
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
A body was found in the water of a canal next to the N236 at Driemond in Amsterdam early on Friday morning
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
Four brave bystanders rescued a mother and her toddler after their car crashed into an Amsterdam canal on Tuesday. The four men dived in after the car and managed to pull the two out.
The police fired on a man who was waving two large meat knives near the Groningen Museum in Groningen on Sunday. According to a police spokesperson, the man tried to stab bystanders. The man fled when officers approached him.
Amsterdam police are extending the search for the missing Norwegian man Tore Grødem during the coming days. The 21-year-old went vanished on December 19th after he left the Escape nightclub in Rembrandtplein to take cash out of his account.
A confidential inspection report in the hands of several North-Holland papers reveals that the Velsertunnel is very unsafe due to overdue maintenance, the NOS reports.
Homes and businesses along the Amphoraweg in Leiden were evacuated Friday morning after an airplane bomb was discovered.