Friday 23 February 2018

Spanish family swept out to sea as they went to scatter ashes

Severe storms have battered Europe's Atlantic coastlines like Nazare in Portugal
Severe storms have battered Europe's Atlantic coastlines like Nazare in Portugal

Dean Gray

SPANISH rescuers have found the body of a man on Spain's north-west coast where three people from the same family were swept out to sea by a huge wave.

The man was identified as Juan Bedoya, a 50-year-old butcher, one of those who went missing on the rocky coast at Valdovino, Galicia.

A search is continuing for his 25-year-old daughter and his brother-in-law.

Another daughter managed to scramble ashore. Reports said they had gone to scatter the ashes of a dead relative.

It comes as severe storms batter Europe's Atlantic coastlines.

Local mayor Jose Antonio Vigo said the search was being supported by a ship and an aircraft struggling against waves as high as 12 metres and winds of 80kph.

"It will be very difficult to see anything down there," he said.

In Britain, meanwhile, the storms have claimed seven lives since December 23.

And yesterday large parts of the country were still at risk of further flooding as forecasters warned of more heavy rain.

The UK Met Office has extended its severe weather alert until tomorrow morning, warning the already saturated ground and swollen rivers in the south of England and Wales might not cope with more rain.

More than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England since the beginning of the Christmas period, with around 550 properties flooded since the new year.

Irish Independent

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