Two placed in custody after the floods
On Thursday following the torrential rains in the Gard, the German youth campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas was flooded.
According to reports, a German man rescued the children from camping cars and tents, but he himself was washed away in his caravan shortly after.
The German president and the vice-president of the Leverkusen association, the owners of the land, were placed in police custody on Friday.
They are accused of “involuntary injuries, endangering the life of others, hidden buildings and exploitation of a campsite without authorisation”, specified Eric Maurel, the Nîmes public prosecutor.
The 66 year old German has been missing since Thursday. If he is found dead, then the accusations will be escalated to manslaughter.
"In Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, the summer camp is housed on private land," the statement said. “This is not an approved campsite by the prefectural services. A police investigation is underway,” added the Gard prefecture. “The mayor had alerted the managers of the association about the dangers of rising waters just 48 hours before the tragedy.”
Since 2017, the municipality of Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas has been in dispute with the German association. Jugendförderung Saint-Antonius is the owner of the land, which is in a flood zone. Two other campsites were also affected on Thursday by the floods, but they were approved campsites.
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