Three emergency employees have been killed in a helicopter crash close to Marseille whereas on a rescue mission in southern France the place floods have left two useless, officers mentioned Monday.
Their EC145 helicopter misplaced radio and radar contact whereas on a rescue and reconnaissance flight within the Var area Sunday evening.
The three have been discovered useless at 1:30 am close to the city of Rove, Inside Minister Christophe Castaner and his secretary of state Laurent Nunez mentioned in an announcement.
An investigation was beneath strategy to decide the circumstances of the crash.
“Whereas France is getting ready in the present day to pay tribute to 13 of its troopers who died serving it (in Mali), our nation is dropping three on a regular basis heroes who gave their lives to guard the French,” Castaner and Nunez mentioned.
Two folks have been killed on Sunday by the floods within the French Riviera, which has been hit by contemporary torrential rains every week after excessive climate left six useless.
Within the Var area, a shepherd was swept away as he was making an attempt to cross a ford in his 4×4 whereas tending to his flock. His physique was present in his car late Sunday evening 300 metres (330 yards) downstream from the place he was final seen, the prefecture mentioned early Monday.
Elsewhere within the area, the proprietor of a stables was discovered useless two hours after he was additionally washed away whereas out watching over his animals, it mentioned.
The Var and the neighbouring Alpes-Maritimes area have been on crimson alert for floods which disrupted practice providers and minimize the A8 motorway for 4 hours Sunday night.
Many cultural and sporting occasions have been additionally known as off as a result of dangerous climate, together with Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match at Monaco.
In the course of the earlier weekend, heavy rains brought on the deaths of six folks within the Var.
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