Irish holidaymaker drowns while swimming at beach in Portugal

Man (52) died at beach in popular resort of Albufeira on Saturday

<b>ALBUFEIRA:</b> There is doubt about what Albufeira means - it could come from the Arabic Al-buhera, castle of the sea, or the alternately al-Buhayra, the lagoon but nowadays it could be called land of the karaoke
An Irish man has died at a beach in Albufeira, Portugal, after getting into difficulties while swimming.

An Irish man has drowned after getting into difficulties while swimming at a beach in Portugal.

The 52-year-old, who has yet to be named, died at Praia do Inatel in the popular resort of Albufeira in the Algarve region on Saturday.

The alarm was raised at around 1pm local time, and two Portuguese locals entered the water in an attempt to save the man after spotting he was in difficulty.

Lifeguards from an adjacent beach rescued both of the Portuguese locals, but when the Irish man was pulled from the water and brought to shore, he showed no signs of life despite CPR being performed.

He was declared dead by a doctor at the scene, and his body was taken to a forensic science laboratory.

The deceased man’s partner was on the beach during the incident, and has been offered support from Portuguese police psychologists.

The Republic’s Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance.

It was reported that the head of the local Maritime Police said the sea had been “particularly rough” and they had warned swimmers about the “swamps and rocky bottoms that can surprise bathers” at beaches as a result of recent storms.

He said the man had been swimming when he “got into difficulty with the waves and currents”.