STA, 1 November 2018 - A 50-year-old German kayaker died in the River Učja in north-western Slovenia on Wednesday afternoon after his kayak was sucked into a strong whirlpool and he drowned.
The accident happened in the village of Žaga, near the confluence of the Učja with the Soča, as the German was descending down the swollen river together with a 44-year-old friend in another kayak.
The younger kayaker was also sucked into the whirlpool but was able to swim out of it, the Nova Gorica Police Administration reported on Thursday. Paramedics from the nearby Tolmin were not successful in reviving him either.
According to the police, both Germans have been active kayakers for more than 30 years and used appropriate equipment for the kayak trip.