A 16-metre-long boat overturned on Lisanza beach at the southern end of the lake in a sudden storm on Sunday evening.
Four people, including an Israeli, were killed when a tourist boat capsized on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy in strong winds, we learned from firefighters on Monday, May 29. A 16-metre-long boat overturned on Lisanza beach at the southern end of the lake in a sudden storm on Sunday evening.
“The bodies of four people have been found,” fire department spokesman Luca Cari told AFP. One of the dead was an Israeli citizen in his “fifties,” according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
According to a local online news site Varis news, the other victims were a Russian citizen and two Italians. Attilio Fontana, head of the Lombardy region, deplored Sunday evening’s “very serious incident” caused by a “tornado”. About 20 passengers who survived were pulled from the water by other boats or managed to swim ashore, Italian media reported. News reports suggest the boat was carrying Italian and foreign tourists and quickly sank, taking one of the victims with it.
Video shot by firefighters showed a search helicopter hovering over rough water where chairs and other debris were floating. Located in the Southern Alps, Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake and a popular tourist destination.
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