DINGHY TRAGEDY: Body of young man recovered after sea and air search on the Costa Blanca

RESCUE: One of the two young men was rescued. CREDIT: @salvamentogob

DINGHY TRAGEDY: Body of young man recovered after sea and air search on the Costa Blanca.

THE 19-year-old victim and a friend had bought a new inflatable boat and decided to test it off Malvarrosa beach in Valencia on Tuesday afternoon, February 2.
According to police sources, high winds began pushing the boat out to sea and the young man jumped into the water to swim to the shore.
Within minutes, he was “swallowed by the waves”:
The other young man, a 19-year-old Chilean, had decided to stay on the boat and called emergency services for help.
A rescue operation was immediately launched and Maritime Rescue located the small boat with one of the friends on board more than two miles from the shore.
Meanwhile, divers from the Special Group of Underwater Activities from the Guardia Civil (GEAS), supported by a helicopter, a Maritime Rescue boat and divers from the Valencia Fire Department began a search against the clock to try to locate the missing young man alive.
However, the operation had to be suspended as night fell.
The sea and air search was resumed first thing this morning, and at around 11am, the young Brazilian man’s lifeless body was recovered.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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