July 25, 2021

Stuck in a rock fault, a firefighter dies during training off Pornic

The firefighter died during an exercise (photo illustration) © DR

A 60-year-old volunteer firefighter was killed on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Pornic (Loire Atlantique). While the rubber dinghy of the South Loire after-sales service proceeded to a sea ​​training, the firefighter was thrown shortly after 3 p.m. by a wave in a rock fault at the foot of Madrague campsite in Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer.

After nearly six hours of searches, the body of the firefighter was found, around 9 p.m., while nearly sixty firefighters were mobilized for the search, with the support of the SNSM and a helicopter from the police station.

Bad conditions

“The firefighter has been submerged since the start of the intervention. The current conditions at sea do not allow the teams on site to lead the clearance, ”indicated at 5.30 pm the communication service of the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service.

Portable lighting means have been provided for night clearance. Unfortunately without success.

Emotion at SDIS Loire-Atlantique

Colonel hors classe Michel Tellanger, acting departmental director, testifies to his full support to the family, colleagues and friends of this “great experience” firefighter, who was assigned to the Saint-Brevin rescue center. Pines. He “salutes his commitment to serving all our fellow citizens”.

This sad news aroused “deep emotion” among the staff of the SDIS and all the firefighters.

President of the Loire-Atlantique Department and SDIS 44, Michel Ménard, President of the Loire-Atlantique Department and SDIS, Michel Ménard indicated, Tuesday evening, to send all his condolences and support to the family and relatives of the victim . “This commitment to serving others inspires the greatest respect,” said Michel Ménard. I would like to salute the courage and dedication of the women and men who commit themselves in this way to help others, unfortunately sometimes at the risk of their lives. “

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