Tragic weekend for swimmers in Spain

AS TEMPERATURES increased people all over Spain hit pools and beaches to try and cool off, with tragic results as a number of people drowned over the weekend.
An 80-year-old man was the first to lose his life on Saturday morning while swimming off La Concha beach in Oropesa del Mar, the provincial fire brigade reported.
At about 8.30am emergency services were alerted that a body was floating about 80 metres out to sea off the beach.
Firefighters from Plana Alta station and an Aquatic Rescue Unit (URA) were sent out on a boat to rescue the man, who showed no signs of life, and once the boat arrived at Oropesa port SAMU ambulance staff confirmed the death.
Later on Saturday the Guardia Civil reported that the body of a 16-year-old boy from Pontevedra who had gone missing the day before while trying to swim across the Miño river with his older brother was found on the riverbed.
Meanwhile a 76-year-old man and a woman whose age has not been disclosed drowned in Tenerife.
On Sunday, a 19-year-old man drowned in the Jerte river in Caceres and a five-year-old girl died at a swimming pool in Toledo.
In Ciudad Real a man remains in intensive care after an accident at a municipal swimming pool, hospital sources reported.

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