Two border guard officers drown in boat accident ({{commentsTotal}})

Two officers of the Police and Boarder Guard Board (PPA) patroling the sea off the northwest Estonian city of Haapsalu drowned in a boat accident on Tuesday night.

A capsized motor boat of the Haapsalu police was spotted a couple of kilometers from the shore at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The motor was running, but the crew was not on board. One of the border guards was found drowned near the boat at 7:45, and the body of the other officer was found shortly after at 8 p.m.

The victims were chief inspector Tarmo Kammer, who had served as a border guard in the Western district since 1996, and superintendent Renee Kark, who had worked as a border officer since the establishment of PPA’s predecessor, the Border Guard, in 1991. Kark had spent most of his time in service in the Haapsalu division.

The two went out on patrol at around 5 p.m. No alarms were registered in the region during the period, and neither a call for help nor any other information was received from the crew prior to the accident.

The exact circumstances and causes of the accident are not known yet, but it couldn't be ruled out that one of the men fell overboard and the other drowned trying to save him, chief of the West prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board Kaido Koplas said. Koplas offered condolences to the next of kin of the drowned officers and the team of the Haapsalu precinct.

Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur (Reform) expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and friends, as well as to the Haapsalu precinct and the Police and Border Guard Board. The two gave their lives in service of the Estonian people and would always be remembered, the minister said.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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