An elderly man froze to death after he lost his way on the coast. In Antwerp a second man felt faint and died as a result of hypothermia, while in Limburg a third man died after he ended up in water.
Belgium's Missing Persons Unit is ready to intervene when necessary. Alain Remue: "There's never too much time, but in these freezing conditions there’s never a minute to be lost."
Quick action is the only way to save people in this weather. Local police always immediately alert the Missing Persons Unit.
Alain Remue: "The police often deploy loads of staff and extra means in such cases because elderly people are usually involved and they have less resistance under such weather conditions. On Wednesday a helicopter was used in the search for an elderly man. We found him alive though he was suffering from the cold. That's an example of somebody who survived.”