The man found dead at Portimão’s wastewater treatment centre (ETAR) on Saturday (July 16) has been identified as 50-year-old fisherman Orlando Mascarenhas from Armação de Pêra, who left Portimão hospital “untreated” in the early hours of Thursday morning, just hours after having passed out.
Correio da Manhã reports that PJ police believe his death was an “unfortunate accident”.
Mascarenhas was admitted to Portimão casualty on Wednesday night after losing consciousness. But when he came to around 2am, he left the hospital “untreated” and started to walk home, his wife told the paper.
He may have entered Portimão’s ETAR “thinking he would be able to cross the bridge over the Arade river,” says CM, suggesting what happened next was that he slipped into one of the water treatment areas and “was unable to get out”.
Tragically, the man’s “decomposing body” was only found on Saturday.
CM added that the man’s family confirms that he was going through a “complicated phase psychologically”.