Flooded river – illustrative photo.
Warsaw – A 38-year-old kayaker from the Czech Republic drowned while sailing on the Kamienna River near the town of Szklarska Poręba in southern Poland, the Wroclaw news website wroclaw.se.pl reported today, citing the police. which investigates the exact circumstances of Sunday's accident.
Polish police officers from the city of Jelenia Góra found out about the accident on Sunday before noon. During the investigation, they discovered that the man separated from a group of acquaintances and suddenly sank a few tens of meters from the shore for an unknown reason, said police spokeswoman Beata Sosulská-Baranová, according to Wroclaw.se.pl. Friends, also from the Czech Republic, immediately started searching for the missing member of the expedition. After some time, they managed to get him out of the water, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The victim's body is now awaiting an autopsy and the police continue to clarify the circumstances of the tragic accident, the police spokeswoman added.
“The man, together with other kayakers from the Czech Republic, took part in a cruise on the Kamienna river. None of the participants saw what happened. It seems that the kayaker did not cope with the strong current of the river, capsized and was unable to get out of the overturned kayak,” wrote the regional website jeleniagóra.naszemiasto.pl. He added that the Kamienna River turns into a wild river in February and March, which is used by paddlers. The academic championships of Poland are held here in April.
According to the raft.cz server, which drew attention to the accident, the drowned kayaker apparently did not notice the fallen tree and drove under it. He remained wedged here and the others were unable to free him. Only after a long time did he float away and a long resuscitation followed, which was not successful. “Fallen trees are very dangerous, especially on narrow and rapid streams,” said Petr Ptáček from the raft.cz website.