British expat drowns in French lake

Published:  13 Aug at 6 PM
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A British expat has drowned in a lake at a campsite in Marandan in the Isere region of southeast France.

The man, 57, who is thought to have lived in the nearby town of Saint Jean en Royons, had been on an afternoon swim when he got into trouble. The lake has an area that it supervised for bathing, but campsite worker Yannick Meheust said that the victim, Roger, had been swimming outside the area.

It remains unknown what the exact cause of the drowning was, but Meheust said he could have suffered from a heart attack while swimming under water.
He explained that the victim’s wife notified the guards after she had lost sight of him. The rescuers then searched for the body but were unsuccessful, and in the end the firefighters were brought in and eventually recovered his body after a two-and-a-half-hour search.

The incident comes just a few days after a British rugby player drowned after being struck by a big wave while holidaying in France.

New figures have revealed that the number of drownings in France is on the up this year, particularly among younger and older people. There has been 71 incidences when people have got into trouble in rivers, lakes, the sea and pools this summer, while 261 people have died.
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