Death of five surfers in storm shocks Netherlands

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At least five experienced surfers have drowned after going out in stormy weather off the coast of The Hague, Dutch authorities have said.

The group of men, aged between 22 and 38, were among 10 surfers and swimmers who took to the water in Scheveningen on Monday evening in heavy weather that generated a thick layer of seafoam and hampered rescue efforts.

Three of the bodies were not found until Tuesday morning and police remain unclear if more would be discovered after the coast guard picked up more surfboards than victims. The fifth body was spotted but had not been recovered by Tuesday afternoon.

Rescuers could be seen searching through the foam, which was waist-deep on the beach.

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