The police, together with the fire brigade and Rijkswaterstaat, launched a major search for the drowning person on Friday. A police helicopter was also used. The German was eventually found a few hundred meters further from the Waalbandijk, where he entered the water.

    According to the spokesperson, the police and Rijkswaterstaat always warn against swimming in the Waal. “It’s a treacherous river, with a strong current.”