Canyoning in Parque Gerês kills Portuguese

A little after a year since the last canyoning tragedy in Gerês national park, another Portuguese radical sportsman has died – this time in the Spanish area of the mountainous region.

So far unnamed, the 38-year-old man from São João da Madeira, near Porto, was killed on Saturday while canyoning with three friends along a stretch of water known as Corga de Frecha.

But due to logistics, Spanish authorities have explained that his body is unlikely to be recovered from where it has been caught “between a stone and a waterfall” until Tuesday.

TVI24 reports that the force of the water and the steep angle of the point where the body has become trapped rendered recovery impossible yesterday (Sunday), but teams will be working on a way to reach it hopefully by tomorrow.

Meantime, family members are receiving psychological support in nearby Galiza.

The dead man was in the company of two men, aged 29 and 51, as well as a 30-year-old woman when he slipped and fell to his death, reports Observador website.

Spanish authorities working on his recovery include Guardia Civil police, civil protection, medical emergency teams and the Galiza coast guard service.

Canyoning is a sport that involves ‘exploration of a river with the help of climbing material’.

Only last year, a 33-year-old Portuguese fell to his death while canyoning in the Portuguese side of the park (clcik here).

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