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At least 16 dead in river sports accident in Switzerland

At least 16 people were killed in Switzerland in a "canyoning" river sports accident near the tourist resort of Interlaken, in the Bernese Oberland, on Tuesday evening.

This content was published on July 27, 1999 - 21:35

At least 16 people were killed in Switzerland in a "canyoning" river sports accident near the tourist resort of Interlaken, in the Bernese Oberland, on Tuesday evening.

"I can confirm that 16 people were killed and there are six others injured," a regional police spokesman told journalists.

He said it was not a rafting accident as first assumed.

Canyoning usually involves a variety of activities, including abseiling through waterfalls, jumping into pools, swimming, wading, scrambling and floating on inflatable mats.


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