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The body of a 70-year-old man, who has been missing since Wednesday in Guadeloupe following a sudden rise in water levels in the river, in Petit-Bourg, was found on Saturday, according to a press release from the prefecture.
"This is the last missing person formally identified by the family," said the statement released on Saturday evening, when significant resources were deployed for the third consecutive day, in this area of Basse-Terre.
Wednesday afternoon, three people, including a girl, on vacation on the island were swept away by a sudden flood in the river: a 45-year-old woman, while she was crossing a ford, in Capesterre-Belle-Eau, and in Petit-Bourg, at the Saut de la Lézarde, a site to which access was prohibited, a 70-year-old man living in the Paris region and coming to see his relatives in Guadeloupe, and a 5-year-old child who was swimming with her family.
The lifeless body of the 5-year-old girl was found Thursday morning.
The 45-year-old Finnish tourist who disappeared in Capesterre-Belle-Eau, had been found earlier that day, injured but alive, on a rock, about 500 meters below.
Joined by RCI radio, she explained that she had been "swept away by the current" then "stopped" by "a tree branch" and thus "came out of the water".
The "miraculous", according to the words of a rescuer, expressed his gratitude to the firefighters, gendarmes and volunteers who went looking for him.
"I want to thank them, I owe them my life, I would not have survived without them", she admitted.
The discovery of the body of the third disappeared "at the mouth of the river, in the mangrove", according to RCI (Radio Caraibes International) thus puts an end to the research.
In the press release released on Saturday, the Prefect of Guadeloupe "reiterates his call to the population to be extremely careful around rivers, some of which are prohibited from access and swimming and reminds us that any crossing must be avoided. watercourse, ravine or road that appears to be flooded ”.
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