Irishman drowns off coast of Portugal

A 69-year-old man has drowned in the sea in the popular Algarve resort of Albufeira.

AN IRISHMAN has died after he drowned in the sea off the popular Algarve resort of Albufeira.

It is understood the 69-year-old, who is from the Republic, was on holiday in Portugal.

Paramedics tried to revive him after he was pulled out of the water by a lifeboat just before 4pm on Saturday.

The tragedy occurred at Peneco Beach, one of two Albufeira's two beaches.

He was declared dead on the quayside of Albufeira Marina where his body was taken after being plucked from the sea.

A post-mortem was due to take place on Sunday to determine if the drowning was due to a health problem.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it has not been asked for consular assistance in the case.

Unusually high temperatures have attracted tourists to the Algarve beaches after days of heavy flooding.

Francisco Navio, 79, died after his car was swept away during a storm last Sunday which uprooted trees and washed away roads. Temperatures reached 24 degrees Celsius a week later.

At the end of August David Keogh, (29) from Greystones, Co Wicklow was found dead in a swimming pool at the the Pine Sun Park resort in Albufeira.

He was holidaying with family and friends.

Co Down couple John Rodgers (28) and his new wife Lynette (26)  drowned while on honeymoon in South Africa in October.

The newlyweds died after getting caught in a rip tide while swimming at Plettenberg Bay – six days after they walked down the aisle.


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