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Three Canyoneers Drowned in French Alps

An overflowing retention basin caused a large wave of water to roll through Pussy Canyon, overtaking four canyoneers on a guided trip. Though one canyoneer was lucky (or skilled) enough to be swept up into an eddy and rescued by a local fisherman, the other three canyoneers, including a 50-year-old local guide, were less fortunate and found drowned early the next morning further down-canyon. Any canyoneering death is tragic, but what makes this event notable is it seems to have been a “man-made” event. The report doesn’t mention and sort of storm or rain, implying the retention basin failed due to some sort of human or technology error. Imagine descending a canyon on a bluebird day, with not a cloud in sight, and suddenly hearing water roaring toward you from upcanyon. Yikes. Scary. Here’s a link to the story in Savoie.

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