Large-scale rescue, fire brigade and police operations on Monday in Feldbach in eastern Styria: Shortly after a farm worker heard calls for help from the Raab, he saw an elderly person fighting for their lives in the water. The 29-year-old was able to pull the casualty out of the river, but any help came too late for him. The identity of the deceased could only be clarified much later by his wife.
At around 1.30 p.m., an employee (29) of an agricultural company was carrying out forklift work on the factory premises near the banks of the Raab. He suddenly heard calls for help from the water. Immediately he saw someone paddling helplessly in the river, whereupon the 29-year-old ran over a bridge about 200 meters away to the other side of the river. There he pulled the man who was calling for help out of the water and, together with passers-by, immediately provided first aid. Identity unclear for the time being. However, the emergency services had to call it off around 30 minutes later without success. An emergency doctor could finally only determine the death of the man. Police officers from Feldbach then took over the investigation. Since the man had no papers with him, it was difficult to find out the man’s identity. Shortly before 7 p.m., a 74-year-old woman from Southeast Styria and her daughter finally reported the man’s absence to the police. The woman stated that her husband had not come home from the intended visit to the doctor. He is said to have had severe pain due to his health and made his way to the doctor by bike. The 74-year-old finally recognized the bicycle found at the scene of the accident as hers… According to investigators, based on the knowledge available to date, an accident or a medical emergency can be assumed. However, in order to be able to definitively rule out any third-party negligence, the public prosecutor’s office in Graz ordered an autopsy. It should provide information about the exact cause of death of the man.