By PAULO SILVESTRE & DAISY SAMPSON [email protected]
Emergency services were unable to resuscitate a 16-year old British girl after she fell unconscious while in the sea at Carvoeiro beach at around 2.00pm on Wednesday.
The girl was in the water when she suddenly lost consciousness, said Cruz Martins, the Portimão Maritime Police Commander.
Initially lifeguards on the beach tried to resuscitate her as her family called the emergency services.
INEM then arrived at the scene, where paramedics tried for an hour to resuscitate her, without success.
She was declared dead at 3.30pm.
Cruz Martins told the Algarve Resident: “An investigation into the cause of the death will be carried out but we are assuming that the girl died from a sudden illness.”
He added that the body of the girl was being taken to the National Institute of Legal Medicine in Portimão.
At the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday afternoon, the British Embassy in Lisbon was not aware of the case.
However, a spokesman confirmed that a member of staff from the Portimão Consulate would be calling the Maritime police to offer their assistance to the affected family.