At 3:36 p.m. Ramona Bitonti (28) from Baden AG alarmed the emergency call. “We were standing on the bridge at Laufen Castle when I saw a bald man in the water near the sewage treatment plant. He tried to save himself on the bank. But he had no chance. He was washed down the Rhine Falls, »she says to BLICK.
A large-scale operation then begins. Police, ambulance, helicopter: They are all feverishly looking for the missing man – so far to no avail. The police confirm the operation on request from BLICK. According to the police, a passerby had observed the man standing at the Röti sewage treatment plant. A short time later, he was in the water. The man could not be found until Monday evening.
«I only saw his head»
BLICK reader reporter Marc Koch (23) from Thun BE also watched the terrible scenes. He had traveled with friends for a trip to the Rhine Falls on Monday. When he stood on the top observation deck, he saw the man swimming in the water. “I only saw his head,” Koch says to BLICK.
At first Koch didn’t know if he could believe his eyes – he had to look twice. The man had his eyes and mouth open, he says. Then he was washed down the waterfall. “It was awesome to see that.” Apparently most of the others didn’t notice what was going on. “Most people kept taking photos and laughing.” (jmh / nl / bra)
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