Irish man drowns in the sea at Alicante ‘following an argument with his partner’
- Irish man, thought to be aged around 40, got in trouble in the sea near Alicante
- He went swimming at Albufereta beach around 5.30pm after a ‘row’ with partner
- Fishermen found him floating a short time later, and brought him back to shore
- Paramedics were summoned and performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead
An Irish man has drowned while swimming in the ocean off the coast of the Costa Blanca city of Alicante.
The 40-year-old man is said to have got into difficulties shortly before 5.30pm Thursday in the waters off Albufereta beach, north-west of the town centre.
The man is thought to have argued with his partner before getting into the water, with unconfirmed local reports suggesting he had been drinking.
An Irish man, thought to be aged around 40, drowned in the sea off Albufereta beach, near Alicante (pictured), shortly before 5.30pm Thursday
Fishermen spotted him floating in the water and got him to the shoreline.
Police and paramedics were mobilised and performed CPR on him, but their efforts were in vain and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Playa de la Albufereta is a sandy beach a short drive north-west of Alicante city centre which is a popular spot for locals.
A court has opened a routine probe and is awaiting a police report and the results of a post-mortem which is not expected to be made public.
It was not immediately if the dead Irishman was an expat or a holidaymaker.
He has not been named and the nationality of his partner has not been revealed.
No-one at Spain’s National Police HQ in Alicante was available for comment early Friday.
The man is thought to have argued with his partner before getting into the water, before he was found floating by fishermen and dragged back to shore
A spokesman for a regional government-run emergency coordination centre confirmed: ‘A 40-year-old man has died from drowning on Albufereta beach.
‘We received a call at 5.30pm yesterday (THURS) saying a man had been pulled unconscious from the sea.
‘The caller said witnesses were practicing basic CPR on the man and police continued to try to revive him when they arrived.
‘Paramedics were mobilised and continued to try to save him but there was nothing they could do and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘An autopsy will now take place.’
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: ‘The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and providing consular assistance.
‘The Department does not comment on the details of consular cases.’