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Record Number Drownings in July

Published måndag 24 juli 2006 kl 11.17

A record thirty-four people have drowned in Sweden so far this month, as boaters and swimmers flock to the country’s lakes and coasts in warm sunny temperatures.

Experts say they feared the number of drownings could rise above 40 by the end of the month, compared to 26 last year for the whole of July.

According to a spokesperson for the Swedish Life Saving Society ”the nice weather means people are out swimming and boating, and they expose themselves to risks.”     

The spokesperson added that ”It is not unlikely that we will reach 40 this year.”

At least six people died in drownings on Friday and Saturday.

While much of Europe has been sizzling in a heat wave, Sweden, like the rest of Scandinavia, has been enjoying pleasant and warm temperatures around 25 to 30 degrees Celsius.

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