Thursday 23 November 2017

Tourist dies during stag party in Spain

Gerard Couzens

A MAN has died after drowning during a stag do in Spain.

Initially it was reported the man was Irish, but it was later confirmed he held a British passport.

Police divers pulled the 37-year-old out of the water in the upmarket resort of Puerto Banus just after dawn this morning.

He went missing around 2am while out with friends in the port. The alarm was raised half an hour later.

Firefighters tried to recover the tragic holidaymaker’s body but had to call in specialist Civil Guard divers shortly after 3am.

Earlier today, it emerged a man was being questioned on suspicion of failing to aid a person in distress over the incident.

The unnamed man, thought to be a friend of the dead tourist, is understood to have seen him fall but is suspected of leaving him in the water after he made a thumbs-up sign to say he was okay.

A Civil Guard spokesman would only say the incident was “under investigation” and described the dead man as a foreign national  but did not confirm his nationality.

A source said: “A man has been arrested and questioned over the incident.

“The initial information investigators have been given is that the dead man was larking around near the water and fell in and the one who saw him says he didn’t raise the alarm immediately because he made a sign to say he was okay.

“It was a stag do so alcohol was probably involved and that may have affected peoples’ judgements.”

The dead man, described locally as Irish, was not named.

An autopsy is expected to take place later tomorrow in Malaga.

Irish Independent

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