Belgian hiker dies after getting stuck on sandbank in northern France

 A 69-year-old Belgian hiker died on Monday on the beach of Sainte Cécile in Camiers, northern France. His wife, also 69, suffered from hypothermia but survived, local media reported.

The couple were caught out by high tide in the afternoon and became stranded on a sandbank. They tried to return to the beach, but the man lost consciousness. 

Despite help from a kite surfer, the man could not be rescued and died at the scene. His wife was taken to Boulogne-sur-Mer hospital with symptoms of hypothermia.

Emergency services warned of the danger of low tide on FranceInfo radio, advising people to wait for the emergency services rather than go into the water in cold temperatures. The identities of the victims are not yet known. 


Sainte Cécile beach in Camiers, northern France © PHOTO GILLES TARGAT / PHOTO12 VIA AFP

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