Corsica flash flood kills 4 in French canyoning workforce

Soccia village, Corsica Symbol copyright AFP Symbol caption The Zoicu canyon is close to Soccia, a mountain village

A flash flood in a canyon has killed a father, his seven-year-vintage daughter and two folks on the French island of Corsica.

A fifth particular person in the French climbing staff – a woman – is still lacking. Rescuers resumed a search for her close to Soccia on Thursday.

Seven tourists were canyoning with a information whilst a wave about 3m (12ft) prime hit them, a Corsican prosecutor mentioned. The guide was once amongst the ones killed.

Two have been rescued from the torrent.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Firefighters resumed a seek for the missing girl early on Thursday

French media record that the seven had been abseiling (rappelling) into the Zoicu canyon, a famous beauty spot, portions of which are handiest out there with ropes.

The canyon is at an altitude of one,000m (THREE,280ft) in a mountainous area, and is a well-liked spot for climbing, kayaking and canyoning, which is able to involve ropework, technical mountaineering and swimming.

There used to be a storm alert in place at the time of the flood on Wednesday, and five different hikers, including the seven-yr-vintage’s mom, had grew to become again earlier.

The French news web site Le Point (in French) stories that a guide from some other mountain climbing crew threw a rope into the torrent to rescue from the gang in hassle.

AFP news agency says it’s France’s worst canyoning tragedy since March 2010, when four folks died in an twist of fate at the Indian Ocean isle of Reunion.

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