Two Britons drowned off Spanish coast
Wednesday 08 September 2010
Two British men have drowned off Spain's Costa del Sol, it emerged today.
The bodies of Robert Wells, 75, and Jonathan Wells, 45, believed to be his son, were found off the coast yesterday.
Both died after the younger man tried to save his father who had got into difficulties in the water, according to reports.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of two British nationals in the region of Granada on September 7.
"Next of kin are aware and we are providing consular assistance to the family."
Local police said the men's bodies had been found floating in the water off Almunecar in the region of Andalusia in the south of the country.
A Civil Protection boat was launched but the pair could not be saved.
A spokesman said they had drowned in rough sea.
The local emergency services department said a third person had plunged into the sea to try to rescue the two men from the waves, but had been unable to do so.
A spokeswoman said: "We received a call at 4pm (local time) yesterday from someone who told us that first one and then two people were in the sea and were unable to get out.
"We dispatched emergency services to the scene and the Almunecar Civil Protection later told us two people had died.
"Eyewitnesses on the beach told us that a third person had gone into the sea to try and rescue them but he could not reach them."
The two men were believed to be on holiday with friends in the popular tourist area when the tragedy happened.
Their bodies were found about 150m from the shore, Spanish press reported.
Spaniard Jesus Balderas, 25, told local reporters he had tried to save the men.
He said: "The first person to enter the water was the older man, who was drowning, and then the younger man went in to save him and neither came back out.
"I went in to help them but the older man was already injured but I saw he wasn't calling for help or anything."
The Spaniard re-emerged from the water when he realised it was "almost impossible" to rescue the two Britons, he said.
Another onlooker also entered the water to try to help, he added, but he could not save the men either.
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
I Am Bread could actually be a challenging and nuanced title
- 1 Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies after injuring spine doing somersault celebration
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming that the street artist's identity has been revealed
'Russian submarine spotted' by Swedish military off coast of Stockholm
Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver allegedly kicks gay couple off for kissing
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
£80 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Year 5 Teacher KS2 teaching job...
£35000 - £45000 Per Annum Pensions Scheme After 6 Months: Clearwater People So...
£35000 - £37000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Busines...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: Senior Change ...