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Tragic September sees death toll on Portuguese beaches now at 17

Seven people died at Portuguese beaches in September, bringing the country’s beach death toll up to 17 between May 1 and September 30. Eight of the deaths happened in the Algarve.

The news was announced by Portugal’s maritime authority (AMN) on Saturday, October 1.

Most of the deaths were due to drowning (13), while the others (four) were cases of sudden illnesses.

Seven people died at beaches with lifeguards, and six at beaches without.

Three people died at river beaches – again without lifeguard support – while one died at a river beach where lifeguards were on duty.

The Algarve is the region that registered the highest number of deaths.

The death-toll started in June, when a 16-year-old boy died at Praia dos Três Pauzinhos in Vila Real de Santo António.

A month later, a 65-year-old French holidaymaker died while swimming off Lagoa’s Benagil beach.

August only registered one fatality in the region – an 83-year-old Swiss man at Praia Grande in Pêra.

But September saw five deaths in the Algarve: the first two on September 6 at Praia do Amado in Aljezur (click here).

The next occurred on September 15 in the Arade river in Portimão, with the victim being a 54-year-old Portuguese man.

The next day a 79-year-old woman died at Rocha Baixinha beach in Albufeira, and then on September 22, an 85-year-old German man died at Altura beach in VRSA.

On a national level, lifeguards also registered 605 rescues and over 1,000 cases where first aid was administered.

Unmanned beaches required 700 interventions, while 36 children reported as “lost” were all successfully recovered.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com