'Missing' French tourists were safe at home
AIGUINES, France (AFP) - French tourists believed missing after their abandoned canoe was discovered at a popular holiday spot, sparking an expensive manhunt, were safe at home all along, police said on Saturday.
The discovery of an empty canoe floating in the Lac de Sainte-Croix in the heart of Provence triggered fears for a couple and two children believed to have rented it on Thursday.
About 40 rescuers, backed up by a helicopter, divers and sniffer dogs, had been scouring the picturesque emerald lake and its surrounds ever since, in a rescue operation closely followed by local media.
However, on Saturday the occupants of the canoe - in fact two couples and no children - came forward after a friend of one of the "missing" couples alerted police and the mystery was solved.