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British tourist dies while swimming

A 59-year old British tourist who was on holiday with his wife in the Algarve, died on June 1 at the beach of Armação de Pêra while swimming in the sea.

A spokesman from Maritime Police told the Algarve Resident that the cause of death was “due to sudden illness”.

Portimão and Lagos Maritime Police Commander Cruz Martins said: “When the lifeguards at Armação de Pêra reported the incident at 2.30pm, the man was floating in the water.

“A team from INEM emergency services went to the site and declared the man dead with a cardiac arrest. After that the body was taken to the morgue were a post-mortem examination was carried out, as is normal procedure.”

With this case, the number of deaths at beaches in the Algarve so far this year has risen to three. Two tourists died on May 23 while swimming at unsupervised beaches in Aljezur and Lagos councils (see Algarve Resident May 27 edition).

The first victim was a 78-year-old German citizen, who died when he was swimming at a beach near Meia Praia in the municipality of Lagos, and the second victim, a 52-year-old Dutchman, was found floating in the sea at Vale Figueiras beach in Aljezur municipality.

Cruz Martins said: “We suspect both tourists died due to sudden illness while they were swimming. The deaths have not been caused by drowning.”

A spokesman from the British Embassy confirmed the death of the Briton, who has not been named, and said that the family was being offered consular assistance.

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