Drowning Deaths Spike in Spate of Separate Incidents
The number of confirmed drownings this week reached five with a fatal accident on Lake Peipus last night.
Late on Tuesday afternoon, two intoxicated men took a rubber boat out on the lake. The boat deflated a kilometer from shore, forcing the men to try to swim to safety. One did not make it.
Prior to that, a 52-year-old man was found drowned in Muhu municipality in Saare County on Monday night. He had gone for a swim in the sea.
On Sunday, two men died in Männiku quarry in Tallinn. Alcohol was involved there but may not have been the primary cause. The first man's rescuer suffered cardiac arrest and died in the water.
On Monday morning, a passerby found the body of a drowned man in Põltsamaa River in central Estonia. The victim was a local 39-year-old.
On July 17, it was reported that 24 people had drowned in the first half of the year, and a third of the incidents involved alcoholic intoxication.
The figure for the first half of 2013 was 18.
Compared to last year, four boat-related incidents have claimed the lives of seven people. Last year there were no boat-related drownings.