Deadly boat accident in Slovenia when two large canoes decided to run over a dam under construction near Sevnica, a town some 50 miles south of the capital city Ljubljana. The accident spot in the dam, which is part of a hydroelectric station, the height of the dam matches the water level.
The local officials organized a canoe trip, calling it “The final descent”, as a last trip down the dam after which the river was to be blocked for hydroelectric purposes. Passengers were all Slovenians.
Divers pulled six bodies out of the Sava River and fought strong currents to search for other missing five. Three people managed to swim ashore after the accident but two of them subsequently died in the hospital.This gives you an idea of how badly they must have been injured during the accident.
None of the victims wore life vests.
One of deads included the mayor of the city as well.
This situation sounds like eager public officials out to get photo-ops but none of them followed the standard security procedures. In many countries around the world, when influential public officials flout the rules, in this case not wearing life jackets, the security officials are not too keen to correct the situation as well, fearing for their jobs.
A tragedy that could have been easily avoided.
You can watch the ABC video news feed of this incident from here.