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Czech canoeist drowns in Austria

A canoeist drowned on the Saalach River in Austria at the weekend after his canoe capsized in the water.

The 36-year-old Czech man was from the city of Brno in nearby Czech Republic and had been canoeing with a group of friends when he got trapped in the water in a narrow stretch of the river.

A large rescue operation involving 80 people and firemen from both Austria and Germany was launched and an hour after the boat capsized, his body was found.

The Saalach River is a 103 km long river that flows in Austria and Germany and is a popular area for white water rafting in Austria. Some stretches of the river enter very narrow gorges where the current doubles in speed and ferocity, and big drops and boulders mean in some areas it is a highly challenging trip for rafts and canoes.

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