Sunday 4 December 2016

Woman drowned off holiday island may have fallen from boat

Gerard Couzens

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

Santa Ponsa, Mallorca. Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images
Santa Ponsa, Mallorca. Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images

An Irishwoman found dead in the sea off the Majorcan holiday resort of Santa Ponsa may have fallen from a boat, investigators believe.

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A group of Russian holidaymakers raised the alarm after making the discovery around 9am yesterday when they went for a swim.

The woman was last night being described an 83-year-old Irish national. It is understood she was fully clothed.

She was identified from documents in a handbag still strapped to her body, but her name had not been released last night.

She was about 300m from the coast when she was found.

Her body was recovered using an inflatable boat after local police, Civil Guard officers and paramedics raced to the scene.

She is believed to have been dead for several hours when she was discovered.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place to try to establish how the woman died.

It is not known at this stage if she had been reported missing.

Guardia Civil officers were not available for comment last night.

Irish Independent

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