British Tourist Dies After Falling In Amsterdam Canal While Urinating
A tourist from the UK has died in Amsterdam after falling into a canal while urinating.
Dutch police said that the man fell into the water after losing his balance while intoxicated. A member of the public saw the incident and attempted to save the man, but was unable to get him out of the canal.
Police, fire and ambulances were called to the scene and, eventually, a diving unit was able to remove the man from the water. He was brought back to consciousness, but despite the best efforts of emergency services, he could not be saved and died shortly after arriving at hospital.
The man was later found to be a 21-year-old, who was not named due to Dutch privacy laws.
As a result of the incident, the Amsterdam Public Health (GGD) service issued a warning about the dangers of being drunk around the city's many canals.
According to the GGD, around 200 people die each year in Holland as a result of drowning, of which 20 are in Amsterdam. The majority of those who die are tourists who fall into the water while drunk.
GGD forensics expert Guido Reijnen said that most of the drunk people that fall into the canals in Amsterdam fall because they lose their balance and then are too intoxicated to get out of the water.
A secondary factor is the phenomenon of micturition syncope, a rare incidence where people faint after or during urination.
Amsterdam has more than 100km of canals, with 1,500 bridges and 90 islands. It is a centre for British and international party tourists, especially stag parties, who often drink to excess and indulge in the liberal drug laws of the Netherlands.
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