Double-tragedy in Barragem de Montargil, Ponte de Sor

A five year old girl has died, and her 33-year-old father is missing, presumed dead, following an accident in the Barragem de Montargil, Ponte de Sor, yesterday. It appears the two got into difficulties while out on the water in a rubber boat. The father managed to ‘save’ his daughter, by passing her to a rescuer responding to the drama on a jet ski before himself “disappearing under water”. The child was rushed to hospital, but could not be revived. Searches for the father’s body were suspended last night and resumed this morning. Local radio station Tomar na Rede has stressed that local people “question why this (river) beach has no lifeguard cover, considering it is a dangerous area with deep gullies”.