On a school trip, a student from North Rhine-Westphalia jumps into Lake Como at a dangerous point despite the ban on bathing. 20 minutes later he is pulled out of the water. The doctors fight for his life all night. But when the boy's family arrives the next morning, he is already dead.
A 17-year-old student from Germany died in a swimming accident on Lake Como at the weekend. The teenager died in the popular lake in northern Italy on Friday evening, the police in the provincial capital Como confirmed. He was pulled out of the water, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
According to the police, the teenager was on a school trip. After dinner, he and two classmates jumped from the promenade into the lake around 8 p.m. when the teacher apparently wasn't paying attention. There is a ban on swimming at this point because the lake is deep and there are dangerous currents.
The boy is said to have drowned near Viale Geno, not far from the city of Como, according to the Italian news site "Qui Como". According to the report, the youth was rescued from the water at a depth of five meters. The portal assumes that the low water temperature caused a thermal shock. Accordingly, the water should have been five degrees cold.
As the newspaper "Il Giorno" reports, the 17-year-old was more than 20 minutes under water before he was rescued by the rescuers. Accordingly, the teenager first came to a hospital, the doctors fought for his life all night. As the newspaper further reports, the youth's family members set off from Germany as soon as they were informed of the incident. But by the time they got to the hospital on Saturday morning, it was already too late - the 17-year-old was pronounced dead at 8am.
According to the local newspaper “Soester Anzeiger”, the young person came from the Soest district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The school concerned is said to have confirmed this to the newspaper. In previous years, several mostly young people died in similar accidents on Lake Como.