The number of sick or injured Dutch removed from cruise ships and taken to hospital, increased sharply over the past years, according to the Eurocross Alarm Center. The alarm center expects that by the end of the year, this number will be around 135 - a 30 percent increase compared to two years ago. This is especially remarkable as the number of Dutch opting for a holiday on a cruise ship decreased over the past years, NOS reports.
The South African police arrested six suspects over the weekend in what is locally known as the "airport-following" robberies, South African news wire News24 reports. These robberies involve a group of criminals following foreigners from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and robbing them on the way to their hotels.
At least 2,400 Dutch travelers are currently in the areas that will soon face the wrath of Hurricane Irma, according to travel agency TUI, NU.nl reports.
Around 1,600 Dutch are on Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They booked trips through TUI subsidiary Kras. The other 800 are in the American state of Florida.
TUI also has four travelers on Sint Maarten, where Hurricane Irma hit on Wednesday, leaving devastation in its wake. TUI managed to make contact with all four Dutch and they are doing well.
A Dutch tourist was arrested in Portugal on Monday for attempting to rape a 9-year-old girl in a busy E. Leclerc supermarket in the city of Lamego, AD reports.
The suspect is a 35-year-old man who lives in Germany, but has Dutch nationality. He lured the girl to the supermarket's bathroom by pretending to be a shop employee, according to the newspaper. The girl's father noticed that she was gone and searched the store until he heard shouting from the bathrooms. He forced the door and caught the Dutch man red handed, AD reports.
A 46-year-old Dutch tourist was rescued from a ravine in Mae Hong Son in Thailand on Monday night. Rescue workers believe the woman slipped while hiking in the mountains and fell into the six meter deep hole. She sustained injuries to her back, but is doing well under the circumstances, AD reports.
The Dutch woman spent about an hour and a half at the bottom of the ravine before the rescuers managed to get her out. She was taken to a hospital in Chiang Mai for X-rays and recovery.
A group of 200 Dutch tourists are among thousands stuck on the Portuguese island of Madeira since Saturday. The flight set to bring the Dutch tourists home couldn't take off from Funchal Airport on Saturday due to heavy winds. An airplane sent to pick up the stranded tourists on Monday tried to land three times in vain, a spokesperson for TUI said to the Telegraaf.
Dozens of flights had to be canceled because the planes couldn't land or takeoff due to the weather. A total of around 6 thousand people are stranded on the island.
Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday.
Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."
Dozens of Dutch tourists were evacuated from their holiday homes and campsites in southern France on Tuesday due to fierce forest fires in the area. The dry, hot weather and strong winds mean that the fires are spreading quickly, but the French fire department says it has the situation under reasonable control, the Telegraaf reports.
Nijmegen student Elle Custers is missing in France, the Limburg police reported on Sunday. The 20-year-old woman did not arrive at her holiday address over the weekend. Her parents had contact with her for the last time on Friday.
Elle is from Spaubeek in Limburg. According to the police, she traveled from Spain, where she worked as an au pair, to Bordeaux in France by train and bicycle. She contacted her parents from Bordeaux on Friday. She had a train ticket to travel from Bordeaux to Sainte Foy la Grande on Saturday. Whether she made this journey is unclear.
Dutch tourists get into increasingly serious accidents with hired scooters while vacationing abroad, according to Eurocross Assistance.
"The injuries reported to us are more serious than a few years ago. Think of a femur fracture, a pelvic fracture and head injury", Nicole Bootsma, head of the Eurocross emergency medical team, said to news wire ANP. Eurocross Assistance is the Dutch alarm center for helping Dutch who get into trouble abroad.
The Spanish police caught a Dutch hunter trying to sneak the head of a mouflon to the Netherlands in his suitcase from the Alicante airport on Sunday. The Dutch man was fined because he did not have a hunting permit, or permission to shoot the wild sheep, AD reports.
The Australian police released a photo of two men wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Dutch woman on the Sydney Harbour Bridge late last month. The police only say that the pictured men could "assist with inquiries", so it is not clear whether they are suspects or possible witnesses.
A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.
The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.
According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail.
A 33-year-old man from Amsterdam was killed in an avalanche in Lech-Zurs, Austria on Monday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to ANP after reports from Austrian broadcaster ORF.
The avalanche happened around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Emergency services were at the scene within minutes, but still too late to help the Dutch an. According to Lech mayor Ludwig Muxel, the man was under a meter and a half of snow when the rescuers freed him.
The Scottish police found the body of a man in a wooded area near the village of Tomich on Thursday afternoon, local time. The body has not yet officially been identified, but the Scottish police already made contact with the family of missing Dutch hiker Cornelius van der Wetering, the Highlands & Islands police department said on Facebook.
A Dutch hiker is missing in the Scottish Highlands. 54-year-old Cornelius Hendrick van der Wetering was last seen the area of Inverness on December 28th. The Scottish police believe that he is hiking and camping through the Highlands and are calling on local residents to keep an eye out for him.
The Dutch man left the guesthouse he was staying in on December 28th. He was last seen in the Tomich area, according to the Highland and Islands Police Division on Facebook. Since then he has been unreachable. A concerned friend contacted the police.
A 20-year-old Dutch woman and a 24-year-old German were killed in a traffic accident in Australia. Two other Dutch women survived the crash, but were injured, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to newspaper AD on Sunday.
The accident happened near Pardoo, in western Australia, on Saturday. The car went off the road and rolled. The four passengers were on holiday together in Australia.
The other two Dutch women in the car, age 20 and 21 years old, were injured. According to the West Australian, they are in critical, but stable condition.
A 23-year-old woman from Tilburg was killed when she ended up under a train at the Lempuyangan train station in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java. Local media identifies the victim as Denise Pronk from Tilburg, AD reports.
The young woman was hit by a train while she was trying to cross the tracks. She died on the spot. According to Indonesian media, she was traveling with another Dutch person.
The Indonesian police are investigating what happened. The woman’s body was transferred to the Dr. Sarjito hospital in Yogakarta.
A 59-year-old Dutch man was shot and killed on the Philippines island of Mindanao on Sunday evening, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed
Dutch man Klaas Haijtema could face up to two years in prison for disrupting a Buddhist sermon in Myanmar last month. He unplugged a loudspeaker broadcasting Buddhist prayers because it interrupted his sleep.
A 30-year-old Dutch man was arrested in Myanmar on Friday after he disrupted a Buddhist ritual. He unplugged a amplifier used to amplify a sermon by Buddhist monks, local newspaper Myanmar Times reports.
An explosion rocked New York city on Saturday night. 29 people were injured, but no one was killed. Dutch man Ger van der Hoeve (53) witnessed the bombing from nearby. "I'm still shaking. It really isn't something fun to experience", he said to Dutch newspaper AD.
Thailand was rocked by a series of explosions on Thursday night and Friday morning. At least four people were killed and many more were injured, including at least one Dutch tourist.
Dutch teenager Rick van Beijnen passed away on Monday after a quad bike accident on the Spanish island of Mallorca, a family member confirmed to Omroep Brabant.