British man drowns after being swept away while swimming off Spanish coast
A British man has died after being swept away by currents as he swam with his niece off a Spanish beach.
The 53-year-old, said to be an experienced swimmer, got into difficulties at El Palmar, an unspoilt beach between Tarifa and Cadiz in south-west Spain.
A surfer managed to help the Brit's niece to safety before going back for the man and bringing him ashore on his surf board.
A doctor who happened to be on the beach tried to revive him by performing CPR, but he was unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident happened just after midday on Saturday.
It was not immediately clear if the dead man was on holiday or lived in the area.
Local Civil Guard officers have been tasked with a routine investigation into the drowning.
Mirror Online has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.
El Palmar is one of the few remaining unspoilt beaches along the coast of Cadiz.
It is popular with day-trippers from the more crowded Costa del Sol as well as Spanish holidaymakers from places like Madrid.
As well as sunseekers, surfers flock to the beach at all times of the year including many youngsters learning the sport.
Several British nationals have died in recent incidents in Spain.
Last week, 20-year-old Freddie Pring, also known as Freddie MacVicar, plunged to his death from a hotel in Magaluf.
Colin McGarry, a 48-year-old from Belfast, died after falling from a balcony in Benidorm on the night of June 1.
Last month, a 51-year-old tourist died after getting into difficulties in the sea off Carvajal beach in the Fuengirola resort.
In March, Jim Clark, a 33-year-old Scot, died after a fight between British holidaymakers in Benidorm's Little England area.
Spain is the most popular destination for Britons, with nearly 19million nationals visiting every year, according to the Foreign Office.
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