A father and his four-year-old son die on a beach in Girona

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A French man and his 4-year-old son died on Saturday after drowning on one of the beaches in the coastal town of l’Escala (Girona) as confirmed in a statement by Civil Protection of the Generalitat.

The first of the two missing individuals to be located without life was the child, whose unconscious body was rescued by Riells Beach lifeguard service. After trying to revive him, they certified his death.

The alarm was triggered at 3:22 p.m Saturday when the emergency telephone number 112 received several calls informing that a child had drowned on the beach. The beach lifeguard service had rescued the unconscious child and performed CPR until the arrival of the Medical Emergency System (SEM), which continued with the resuscitation manoeuvrers.

It was then the mother realised her husband was also missing and a major search was launched, with a police helicopter landing on the beach.

Police, a fire crew and Maritime Rescue took part in the search, a boat and a jet ski from the lifeguard service was also used. About an hour and a half later, a thermal camera picked out the body of a man about three metres deep in the sea.

Police are investigating the sequence of events which led to the tragic deaths. It is not yet known if the boy got into trouble and the father tried to save him or if the man became unwell whilst in the water.

The beach had a surveillance and lifeguard service at the time of the event and the green flag, which indicates calm conditions, had been flying. A psychological support team was brought in to care for the mother and other distressed people on the beach.

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