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Accident at UWC Short Course 2021

15 July 2021


Update: 20th July 2021

It is with great sadness that UWC Belgium announces that the body of the victim of the accident at the UWC short course in Marcourt has been found and identified by the authorities. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones.

We remain focused on supporting those affected by this tragedy, and we would like to thank all those who supported us, notably the Belgian Red Cross, the local authorities, our facilitators & volunteers on the ground, the participants and the wider UWC community in this difficult moment.


15th July 2021: 

UWC Belgium has the regret to confirm that yesterday evening, July 14th, a terrible accident took place at the UWC short-course in Marcourt, Belgium. Due to severe flooding, a participant of the course fell and was taken away by the Ourthe river. Since this incident the person is missing and the authorities continue their search. All other participants, as well as the organising team, are in safety.

At this stage we are focused on supporting the family of the missing youngster, as well as the remaining participants through this ordeal. At this time we would like to ask all parties to respect the privacy of the missing person and their family.


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