Fast-Moving Storm Swept Up Little Girl
The weather was nice most of the day, for the air show at
Rheindalen, in western Germany, this past weekend. A sudden storm,
though, turned it deadly.
tethered, 12-foot helium balloon ride's mooring lines came adrift
during that particularly wild storm (a dozen people were
killed this weekend in Germeny, by storms), that seemed to have
come from nowhere. Witnesses say the day was nice, until minutes
before. The balloon had not yet been opened for rides, when the
Isobel Victoria Callaghan, 5, whose father, Robert, 40, is a
corporal in 35 Engineer Regiment of the Royal Engineers stationed
at Sennelager, and whose mother, Hannalore, is German, got tangled
in the mooring lines as the balloon ripped away. Only a few people
saw the balloon escape and heard little Isobel, caught in the
lines and suspended upside-down, calling for help; but one of the
few who knew what was happening was her mother, who screamed and
watched helplessly as her daughter drifted away. Her young brother,
Stuart, was also in attendance. Robert was helping secure other
tents and equipment, not far away.
Minutes after the sudden downpour, which had hail and wind
gusts reported over 100 mph, the weather calmed down, and the sun
The balloon was found two hours later, 40 miles away, not far
from the child's body.