AN Irish teenager is today recovering in hospital in Spain after being stabbed five times on the holiday island of Ibiza.
Jack McCarthy (19) was knifed four times in the back and once in the face at his apartment on Calle Holanda, at the resort of San Antonio, on Monday.
One of the wounds pierced his lung and another tore open his cheek. But he remained conscious and was able to call for an ambulance at 4.30pm.
Mr McCarthy was rushed to the Can Misses hospital where he underwent surgery.
Consular assistance has been offered to the man, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said. His address in Ireland will be withheld while attempts are made to contact his family, he added.
Doctors said he was in a "serious but stable" condition and was not in intensive care.
The stabbing is being investigated by the civil guard police.
"The victim was stabbed as he returned to his flat in San Antonio," a police source said. "We are searching for two British suspects."
In unconnected incidents last week, two Irishmen and one man from Northern Ireland were among 13 people arrested in drug swoops on Ibiza.
Police seized 4kg of cocaine, 3,600 ecstasy pills and 5kg of crystal meth, as well as €69,000.
Irish and British gangsters are said to control large parts of the drugs trade in Ibiza.
Meanwhile, Portuguese police have launched an investigation into the armed robbery of seven Irish women in the Algarve yesterday.
The tourists, all in their 30s, were having a party by the pool at a villa near the holiday resort of Albufeira when two men carrying handguns burst in to the property at around 1am yesterday. The women handed over cash, jewellery, credit cards and laptops before the two gunmen fled in a BMW with two other gang members inside.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.
One of the women said: "We are too upset to speak about what happened. We are all in a state of shock."
A police source said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for these women. To be robbed at gunpoint in the grounds of a private house is really a horrible thing to go through.
"They are planning to finish their holiday on Saturday as originally planned."
Four men, thought to be eastern Europeans, were being sought by police in relation to the incident yesterday.