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Two bodies discovered at Eau d’Heure lake after two divers reported missing

14:42 07/01/2024

The bodies of two Liège divers have been recovered after they were reported missing following a night dive to Eau d’Heure lakes in Hainaut province, reports RTBF.

Forensic examination and formal identification carried out on the human remains confirmed their identity and how they died. “They would have been caught by a huge turbine present in the watercourse,” the judicial authority said on Monday.

The two experienced divers, born in 1964 and 1977, went missing after diving at Plate Taille lake near Froidchapelle on Thursday around 17.00.

“This is a site which is not at all intended for such an activity. They seem to be used to diving in the Eau d’Heure lakes,” said the Charleroi prosecutor’s office.

The rescue search was launched after the son of one of the divers notified authorities. Concerned about the lack of news from his father, he had found the family car at the site.

Civil protection divers equipped with sonar discovered diving equipment on Friday before a further search recovered the remains of two bodies on Saturday morning.

Five artificial lakes make up the Eau d’Heure recreation site, which contains five dams and a hydro-electro power station. It harbours numerous aquatic sports, including a dive club at Plate Taille dam lake.

This article was updated on 9 January.

Photo: Dive site at Plate Taille lake, Eau d’Heure ©The Bulletin

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