A young boy drowns at the Gralex quarry in Mont-sur-Marchienne, another drowned man cannot be found at Pircha

Black heat wave day for the Charleroi region. Firefighters from the Hainaut-East rescue zone were called around 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday to the Pircha pond, in the former Gosselies open-air coal mine. They were reported to have drowned, but after two hours of searching the divers had to decide to give up.

As they were returning to the barracks, a second call came in. For the Gralex quarry this time, where a young boy had disappeared from the surface after jumping from a promontory. Around 6:30 p.m., the full oxygen for the cylinders was filled, and on the spot after about ten minutes, the divers were able to get the victim, aged 19 and from Brussels, out of the water. “He was a very young boy, but he died despite attempts to resuscitate him by cardiac massage by the rescuers”testifies the press officer of the firefighters, Michel Méan.

A hundred people bathed this Wednesday in the Gralex quarry in Mont-sur-Marchienne. The place, famous for connoisseurs and many Carolos, is however forbidden to access… but that does not prevent the most daring from going there, despite the danger. “The young man disappeared when he had just jumped from the top of a promontory, as many do. We are leaning towards a hydrocution, but it will be up to the medical examiner to affirm it: it is 37 degrees outside, and the he water is at 7 degrees. It is a terrible shock for the body. We say it and we repeat it: bathing here is forbidden.”

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A young boy drowns at the Gralex quarry in Mont-sur-Marchienne, another drowned man cannot be found at Pircha
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