Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Namibia: German tourists found dead | Немецкие туристы найдены мертвыми в Намибии


Death of German tourists dominates Namibian Press

The death of two German tourists, whose bodies were discovered in the Fish River Canyon by police on Monday, dominate the Namibian press on Tuesday, with some reports speculate about a possible suicide pact. According to state-owned New Era, the German nationals presumed to be mother and daughter, whose names are yet to be released as their next of kin have not been informed, went missing last Thursday and their bodies were found following an aerial search by the police in Karass region.

Fish River Canyon Namibia

Sources in the southern region told media that bodies were found near the popular Hikers’ Point, which is about 500 metres from the outlook point at the Fish River Canyon, Namibia’s top tourist attraction.

Namibian Sun reported that the death appears to be a suicide pact. The duo came to Namibia to collect the remains of two relatives who died in a car accident in December.

Sources told the Windhoek-based daily that a suicide note was found among the women’s belongings, in which they explained why they had descended into the canyon while it was closed to hikers.

Fish River Canyon Namibia

It is unknown at this time how the two died, the paper noted. However, temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius can be experienced in the canyon during the height of summer so they could have died of deliberate exposure and dehydration.

New Era noted that the incident came just days after another three French tourists were reported missing while on an excursion in the Erongo region. They were later rescued near the Kuiseb River on Monday.

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