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German tourist dies on boat on Mauritania holiday

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A German tourist, who suffered a heart failure, died on Tuesday, 1 January 2019, aboard his small dinghy at sea off Nouadhibou (470 kilometers north of Nouakchott).

The body of the tourist was picked up by Mauritanian coastguards alerted by his family, who found that the boat was no longer visible at sea.

The German family was spending their holidays in a tourist cabin on the Atlantic coast of Nouadhibou.

Canoe accidents in Mauritanian waters are mostly caused by collisions with large vessels on the high seas.

Meanwhile, a Mauritanian sailor died last Tuesday off Nouadhibou, after reportedly jump into the sea after a fire on his canoe. Five other crew members, with various degrees of injury, were saved by rescuers.