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Rescuer’s body is found; 4th storm-linked death in France


Rescuer's body is found; 4th storm-linked death in France

The Associated Press
A scaffolding collapsed due to a violent windstorm, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, as France's national electricity provider reports 200,000 households without electricity across the country, including 30,000 in the Paris region due to storm damage. A severe storm packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour has battered much of Europe overnight and Wednesday morning, bringing heavy rain, hail and lightning to the region. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    The body of a man pulled from a river in frigid eastern France has been identified as that of a missing firefighter who was swept away in torrential waters just after saving a family. The death brings to four the number of people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western Europe.

    Searches continued Friday for at least two other people who have disappeared in other eastern France regions.

    Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed reports that the volunteer firefighter's body had been recovered a day after being sucked into the overflowing Breda River in the Alpine Savoie region. The victim, described as "very experienced," had just rescued a couple and their infant stranded on the roof of their car and was trying to save another driver.

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