Irish holidaymaker (36) dies in front of family
Published 02/08/2011 | 05:00
AN Irish holidaymaker has died in front of his wife and parents during an Algarve boat trip.
The man jumped into the water for a swim after visiting sea caves near the popular resort of Albufeira with his family.
Witnesses told police the 36-year-old disappeared under water before emerging a few moments later floating apparently lifeless on the surface.
He was rushed to Albufeira Marina around midday on Sunday where a medical emergency response team was on standby.
However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim, who has not been named, was on a family holiday in the nearby resort of Vilamoura.
Last night a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed they were offering consular assistance to the family.
The maritime police in the Algarve confirmed the 36-year-old man was on an "organised boating trip" with close family, including his parents and wife.
"They'd been to see some caves along the coast before stopping for a dip in the sea," the maritime police spokesman said.
"Tests are still being carried out but we understand the victim had suffered heart problems in the past.
"While we are still investigating, it may be he suffered a heart attack caused by an underlying heart condition.
"It is obviously a terrible tragedy for the man's parents and wife who were on the boat with him.
"I'm not aware of any children being there. The family was staying at a hotel in the Vilamoura area and were in Portugal on holiday."
Meanwhile, an Irishman is among the survivors of a bus crash in Cambodia which claimed the lives of at least four people.
Michael O'Riordain (29) is originally from Mallow, Co Cork, but living in Dublin. He was travelling on a bus which was involved in a collision close to the Vietnamese border on Sunday morning.
He is said to be in a critical condition in hospital after suffering pelvic and internal injuries.