Child drowns in Ria Formosa

A nine-year-old Portuguese boy drowned in the sea near Coco island, Olhão in the Ria Formosa on Sunday, June 21.

The local boy went missing at around 1pm when he was playing near the water. His body was found later that afternoon.

Ricardo Arrabaça, commander of Olhão Port, said: “The maritime police received a call just before 2pm.

A speedboat and two lifeguards were sent to the location but the boy was found near where he was last seen.”

The boy was taken to shore and transferred by ambulance to Faro hospital, where he was declared dead.

There are no lifeguards on Ilha do Coco.

Meanwhile, according to Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã, an eight-year-old boy was rescued by an off duty member of the emergency services from a swimming pool at a tourist resort in Vila Nova de Cacela, in the eastern Algarve on June 20.