British tourist, 55, collapses and dies after getting out of the sea while on holiday in Portugal
- Briton went into the sea at Praia dos Alemães in Albufeira, Portugal
- When he returned to shore, he felt unwell before collapsing on the beach
- Emergency services were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead
A British tourist has collapsed and died after swimming in the sea at a popular Algarve beach.
The 55-year-old man went into the water at Praia dos Alemães in Albufeira, Portugal.
But when he emerged from the waves, he felt unwell before collapsing on the beach.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at 1.30pm on Thursday October 27 after reports he had suffered a heart attack. They tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A British tourist has collapsed and died after swimming in the sea at a popular Algarve beach (pictured)
The National Maritime Authority said in a statement: ‘Upon arrival at the scene, it was found that the victim, a 55-year-old man of British nationality, was being assisted by lifeguards on duty on the beach, with the support of people who were nearby, until the arrival of Albufeira Volunteer Firefighters and an Emergency and Resuscitation Medical Vehicle (INEM) crew who started resuscitation manoeuvres on the victim.’
His body was then moved to the Legal Medical Office of Portimão by volunteer firefighters.
Earlier this month, another British holidaymaker, 64, collapsed and died on the beach in front of her partner after a swim in the Mediterranean.
Deborah Hooper was with retired accountant Andrew Ashman, 72, when she is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest in rough seas.
Deborah Hooper 64 died on Friday, October 14, after suffering what is thought to be a cardiac arrest
The pair were walking along a beach at Punta Secca near Ragusa on the Italian island of Sicily when tragedy struck.
Italian police say they believe she had ‘some sort of medical episode’ while swimming in the water.
The 64-year-old was pulled from the water by passersby and despite the best efforts of medics she could not be saved.
The beach is famous for being the seaside home of popular Italian TV detective Inspector Montalbano which is screened on BBC TV and features in the opening credits.
The British tourist was on holiday in Punta Secca, a fishing village in southern Sicily (file image), when she became ill and died
Hooper decided to go for a swim in the rough and cold sea near Punta Secca but she quickly felt unwell, reports local media
The woman’s death comes after a 62-year-old British man died while on holiday with his wife on the Greek island of Crete.
The man, who has not been named, walked towards the sea but he began feeling unwell and returned to his sunbed next to his wife on the beach of Stalida.
But as he laid down on the sunbed, he died.
An ambulance was called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, local media report. An autopsy is expected to reveal the cause of death.
Last month, a 74-year-old British woman also drowned during a holiday in Crete, with her body being found washed up on a beach on the Greek island on October 5.
CPR was carried out on the woman by rescuers for 30 minutes, but she did not respond. She was rushed to a local hospital – General Hospital St. George – but was pronounced dead.
Last month, a British woman, 45, died after feeling unwell when she swam in the sea in Albufeira, Portugal.The woman collapsed on the beach and medics tried to revive her – but she died on the shoreline.