Three men drowned on Sunday evening while swimming off the coasts of The Hague and Wassenaar. Emergency services received a report of a swimmer in trouble at the Zuiderstrand in The Hague at 18:30 p.m. At around the same time, there was also a report of two swimmers needing help at the Wassenaarse Slag in Wassenaar, the police said.
Warm spring weather lured many Dutch to the seaside on Sunday. But while the weather is warming, the sea water is still too cold for swimming, the Dutch rescue brigade warns.
A 21-year-old fisherman was rescued fro te North Sea over an hour after he went overboard during the early hours of Tuesday morning. He was severely hypothermic, but still alive, RTL Nieuws reports.
The fishing boat the man works on sounded the alarm around 2:00 a.m., when it was noticed that he was no longer on board. The coast guard deployed two helicopters, and rescue brigade KNRM deployed boats from Terschelling and Den Helder to help in the search. Other boats in the area were also notified about the missing fisherman.
This year the Dutch Rescue Brigade will again hand out children's wristbands at busy beaches and lakes. Parents can write their phone numbers on the wristbands, making it easier to reunite a lost child with his or her responsible adult, the Telegraaf reports.
Rescue Brigade Netherlands is calling for in-school swimming lessons to be re-implemented in primary schools as soon as possible, in order to prevent more children drowning.