Europe 1 with AFP 08:13, May 20, 2022

A 12-year-old child and his parents died Thursday during a walk on a dike in Plogoff in Finistère, swept away by a wave, revealed the prefecture.

Rescuers were unable to revive them.

The other three children in the family, who did not climb the dike, are in a state of shock.

Three members of the same family, the parents and one of the children who were walking on a dike early Thursday evening in Plogoff, Finistère, were found dead after being swept away by a wave, a-t- we learned from the prefecture.

The two adults, 55 years old for the father and 33 years old for the mother, had been recovered around 7:30 p.m. in cardio-respiratory arrest but the rescuers were unable to revive them, said the chief of staff of the prefect, David Foltz.

The lifeless body of the 12-year-old child was recovered shortly after 10 p.m., leading to the suspension of the search.

Three other children in the family, who for their part had not climbed the dike, are safe and sound but shocked.

They were taken care of by the medical and psychological services.

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A tragedy without explanation

The tragedy occurred around 6:40 p.m., just over an hour before high tide, in Pors-Loubous.

The sea at this location, located a few kilometers from the Pointe du Raz, was agitated by a strong swell but the weather was not unfavorable, said a spokeswoman for the maritime prefecture.

A wave suddenly took the three people on the dike.

"They were swept out to sea," explained the chief of staff.

Witnesses immediately alerted the emergency services and significant resources were deployed, in particular three helicopters, as well as resources from the SNSM (rescue at sea) and firefighters.

Fishermen also came to lend a hand, in particular to search for the body of the young boy, noted David Foltz.

There is "no explanation" for such a tragedy at the moment, no major weather reason, he commented.

"The season has not started and there are already victims"

Due to the high tides at the beginning of the week, the tidal coefficients, in decline, were still high (90).

The family lived in Audierne, not far from there, according to David Foltz.

An investigation should be opened on Friday and witnesses will be heard, he added.

"It's dramatic, there was a strong coefficient and a strong swell", commented the mayor of Plogoff, Joël Yvenou, quoted by the Telegram.

"There are circumstances that make the coast dangerous here, I warn people, you have to be extremely careful. It's terrible, the season hasn't started and there are already victims".

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