By: DAISY SAMPSON
A SEARCH involving maritime police on Sunday, April 20, resulted in the finding of the body of a Dutch woman after she went missing early on Sunday morning.
The Dutch embassy was able to confirm that the woman was Robin Danelle Van Der Spek and that she was 21 years old.
Van Der Spek had been with her friend Kenzi De Boer in the early hours of Sunday morning when a wave swept her and Kenzi into the sea at Inatel beach, Albufeira.
A search and rescue operation was launched by the maritime police and included the use of a helicopter between 6am and 7am. It had been hoped that the low tide at 9am would reveal the location of the missing woman but it wasn’t until later in the day that her body was found at Santa Eulália beach.
Kenzi De Boer told Correio da Manhã that he had also been swept into the water and had attempted to hold onto his friend but she had been pulled away by the force of the water. De Boer had asked a taxi driver for help who in turn alerted the GNR who began the process of the search.
The accident occurred around the time of high tide which was recorded at 2.21am according to information from hidrográfico (weather information provider).. Maritime police described the weather conditions at the time of the accident as very bad and said that the waves had been reaching three metres in height.
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