A FATHER-OF-TWO has died in front of his wife and two children while while on their first holiday abroad since a separate tragedy claimed another family member three years ago.
Dublin man Ciaran Brown was on holiday in Lanzarote with his wife Celine and sons Ciaran jnr and Eoin when tragedy struck on Saturday.
He was pulled unconscious from the sea after he got caught in dangerous waters.
Efforts to revive him while emergency services rushed to his aid failed, and the 44-year-old was pronounced dead.
The Brown family lost son and brother Michael in to a car crash in December 2009, and neighbours today said that the trip to Lanzarote was the first family holiday since that accident.
Locals on Kylemore Drive in Ballyfermot were today in shock after hearing of Ciaran's death.
They described the Brown family as "great people" and "good neighbours".
Ciaran and his family had been due to return home from Playa Blanca in the resort of Puerto del Carmen to Dublin today.
One Lanzarote local said that red flags were flying at the beach at the time of the tragedy, and described the sea as being “like hell”.
Volunteer ambulance workers tried to save Ciaran as his family went for help. The rescue efforts were aided by two ambulances, the local police and the Civil Guard.
Paramedics are understood to have spend 40 minutes trying to save Ciaran.
“The waters wrte extremely dangerous at the time, which is why the red flag was flying,” said a spokesperson for Emerlan, the island’s volunteer emergency service.
“Our volunteers did their best to save his life while waiting for the ambulance service to arrive,” they added.
The emergency services in the Canary Islands said: “ We received a call telling us a man had been pulled from the sea. The team from Emerlan found him in cardiac arrest and tried to reanimate him.”
“Our paramedics took over when they arrived in two ambulances but they had no success and pronounced him dead,” they added.
Writing in a local newspaper website, one person wrote: “The sea was like hell, so crazy”.
Another said the beach was flying the red flag at the time.
Tributes to Ciaran have been posted on his son’s Facebook site.
“Sorry to hear the news pal. Head up and thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,” wrote one person.
Another friend said: “I’ve no words to say, other than that I’m shocked to hear the news. He was a legend but mostly a gentleman.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said they had not been in touch yet with the Brown family.
Five years ago Tallaght man Keith Murphy drowned in a swimming pool at the same resort after travelling with two friends for a wedding and a holiday.
His death was a tragic accident.