Côtes-d’Armor: a septuagenarian drowns on a wind farm site, an investigation for manslaughter opened

A 70-year-old woman fell into a trench dug to bury cables for the future offshore wind farm on Monday, four to six deep meters and filled with water. She could not be revived.

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An investigation for manslaughter was opened in the Côtes-d’Armor, after the death by drowning of a 70-year-old woman on a construction site in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, reports France Bleu Armorique, Tuesday, May 4.

The tragedy occurred on Caroual beach in Erquy on Monday afternoon, where work to connect a future offshore wind farm to the electricity grid is underway. Two trenches, 60 meters wide and 250 meters long, were dug in the sand to bury the cables. It was in one of these trenches, four to six meters deep and filled with water, that the septuagenarian fell to her death.

The victim could not be resuscitated by the emergency services, despite the prior intervention of a witness to save her. The autopsy concluded with a drowning, specifies the public prosecutor of Saint-Brieuc to France Bleu Armorique. The investigation opened for manslaughter will have to determine if faults have been committed, in particular in terms of signaling.

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