The Hague: Five people drown after going surfing off Dutch coast | World News


Five surfers drowned when they went out for a session in stormy weather off the coast of The Hague, Dutch authorities have said.

The group, said to be experienced surfers, jumped into the sea late on Monday.

It is thought they could not deal with the combination of heavy weather, northerly winds and swells that hit the Dutch coast.

The search operation was made treacherous because of a thick layer of foam that drifted on the North Sea waters by the beaches.

Four bodies were recovered and the Dutch coast guard said a fifth body had been seen floating in the waters while it drifted out of reach.

Lifeguard service KNRM said: “The strong wind from a northern direction and strong sea current due to the spring tide made the joint search actions a tricky job.”

The search operation was hampered by a thick layer of foam
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The search operation was hampered by a thick layer of foam

The Hague mayor Johan Remkes said it is still too early to say exactly what the cause of the tragedy was.

He said the surfers had plenty of experience to assess the dangers of the waters.

The victims were aged between 22 and 38 and lived close by.



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