The 27-year-old woman who was missing after a canyoning accident in the Allgäu was found dead on Sunday. According to the police, she and other canyoning athletes were swept away by the rapidly rising water in the Starzlach Gorge near Sonthofen on Saturday after a thunderstorm. A 31- and a 49-year-old man were seriously injured. The younger should be released from the hospital on Sunday.
The emergency call from the gorge was received by the police and rescue workers around 6 p.m. on Saturday. Mountain and water rescue services, volunteer fire departments, THW and the police rescued several people from the gorge, including the two injured men, and searched for the missing woman in the Starzlach and Ostrach rivers until nightfall. Drones and a rescue helicopter were also deployed. A police spokesman said visibility in the normally clear water was poor after the storm. The young woman’s body was found in the gorge on Sunday morning.
Canyoning is a tour through a gorge with abseiling, climbing, jumping, sliding and swimming. The Starzlach Gorge in Oberallgäu is considered a hotspot for this leisure sport. Several organizers offer guided tours there. On Saturday afternoon, around 60 to 70 people should have been on or in the gorge, said the police spokesman. It is now being checked whether the organizer was at fault in the accident.