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Vigilance called for after drama at Sautadet

MidiLibre/Scoop, Aug 21

On Sunday there was a tragic accident at the Sautadet waterfall in La Roque sur Cèze, Gard, where a little girl lost her life, and her sister nearly drowned.

Despite the rapid action of Gard firefighters and teams of divers, the perilous conditions of the waterfalls made it impossible to save the girl. A few hours earlier that day, a 19-year-old man injured his knee after hitting a rock by jumping into the waterfall.

The Prefect is calling for vigilance at the beauty spot. Swimming is only allowed downstream of the waterfall, 100 metres after the cascades.

Signs are displayed in English and French, and the Prefect laments, “It is unfortunate that the signs about no swimming at the waterfalls in a certain area were not observed. The signs are visible both on the pedestrian routes and on the banks of the river… These tragic events remind us, once again, of how dangerous the Sautadet waterfall can be.”

Sautadet Falls is an unusual landmark characterised by a rugged beauty. The river Cèze tumbles over an enormous block of limestone formed some 5 million years ago. The power of the stream has gnawed a passage through the stone, creating a 470 m long section of waterfalls, rapids, narrow ravines, hollows and sharp stone blades.

If you visit this wonderful natural beauty spot, please take care, and respect the signs.

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