Irishman in hospital after Praia da Rocha stabbing

An Irishman was rushed to Lisbon’s São José hospital after being stabbed repeatedly by two people near the well-known bar avenue in Praia da Rocha, one of the Algarve’s main tourist hotspots.

The attack happened shortly after 5am on Sunday (May 7) on Avenida Tomás Cabreira.

Said to be in his 30s, the victim was initially taken to Portimão hospital before being airlifted by helicopter to the Portuguese capital for life-saving surgery.

Shocking photos and footage revealed by national media show the amount of blood left at the crime scene. There were even bloodied footprints clearly visible.

TVI television reports the assault may have been a case of violent robbery, or motivated by an altercation in a nearby bar.

Locals told the channel there have been “many cases of violence” in Praia da Rocha recently which has left them feeling “unsafe”.

CM also reports that PJ criminal police are investigating the stabbing which “could be linked to other robberies” that have happened in the area. The attackers remain at large.

Meantime, Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs has told Irish media that they are aware of the case and are “standing by to provide assistance if requested”.

The Irishman was operated at the same hospital where the victim of Alvor’s horrific acid attack was taken to be treated (click here).

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