TWO German tourists are being investigated for alleged manslaughter after a boat crash in Italy left two dead.
An Italian man and woman died in the collision on Lake Garda and local media reported the female victim’s leg had been partially torn off.
Reports from the scene say police are now awaiting results of blood tests to determine if the Germans had been drinking before the tragedy.
The Carabinieri – Italian police – said both holidaymakers are being investigated for alleged manslaughter and failure to provide assistance.
The woman’s body was recovered from the lake on Sunday evening by divers and the man’s body was found in their small boat earlier in the day.
The Carabinieri office conducting the investigation declined to give further details because the probe is still ongoing.
The Corriere della Sera newspaper said the victims boat was badly gashed near the bow and that the man, 37, had suffered a grave abdominal wound.
One of the 25-year-old womans legs was partially torn off, it said.
The well-respected Italian newspaper named the victims as Greta Nedrotti, 25, and Umberto Garzarella, 37.
A search had been launched for the woman after women’s clothing was found on the boat near the man’s body.
Police located the tourists after people noticed their docked motorboat was damaged, the Italian daily said.
The Italians reportedly had met with friends on shore Saturday evening, then headed out on the man’s boat and were about mid-lake when the vessel was struck by the motorboat.
Corriere della Sera said investigators found pieces of wood from the Italian man’s boat imbedded in the tourists’ boat.
Lake Garda, which has many shoreline resorts in northern Italy, is very popular with European visitors.