A man drowned in Hamme on Saturday morning after falling overboard from a boat. The accident happened on the Scheldt near the Driegoten nature reserve. Two people ended up in the water, possibly after the boat hit something.
One of them was rescued quite quickly and taken to hospital. A second person was later found, he had drifted to Branst near Bornem. The man was resuscitated on the spot, but all help came too late. He died on the spot. It concerns a 69-year-old man from Temse. The exact circumstances of the accident are not yet clear.