Tragic weekend in Spanish waters with at least ten deaths

by Lorraine Williamson
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At least 10 people – including two children – drowned on beaches and in swimming pools in Spain this weekend. In Catalonia, four people died on Saturday and Sunday when yellow flags flying on beaches warned of sea conditions. 

On Saturday evening, the death of a four-year-old boy was reported in the town of Oropesa in Toledo. The child was found in a private swimming pool. Sadly, medical services were no longer able to resuscitate him. Another eight-year-old child drowned on Sunday in the municipal pool of the Aguas Claras Municipal Sports Centre, in the Casetas district of Zaragoza. At present, the circumstances under which the events took place are not known. 


On Saturday, three men drowned in Catalonia. The first victim fell at 12.30 pm on Salatar beach in the town of Rosas, Girona region. It was a 55-year-old man who was pulled from the water unconscious. Lifeguards and emergency services performed resuscitation manoeuvres but could not save his life. 

The second victim was a 60-year-old man who drowned in the afternoon at Rubina beach in Castelló d’Empúries, Girona. Then, a third drowning accident recorded that of a 32-year-old man who was bathing at Miracle beach in Tarragona. 

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Sunday saw the fourth fatality in Catalonia. A 65-year-old man drowned while bathing on Estartit beach in Torroella de Montgrí (Girona). 112 emergency services were alerted at 12.30pm after rescuers pulled the victim unconscious from the water. 

Valencia region 

The Valencian Community also had a black weekend. An 89-year-old man drowned this Saturday in Alcossebre (Castellón). In the same province, another elderly man was killed on Friday afternoon when he went to rescue three children struggling to get out of the water at Xilxes beach. Then, on Sunday, a 70-year-old man drowned in the sea near Gola del Perellonet beach. 


In Valladolid, a 75-year-old man died from drowning. The incident occurred shortly before 3.30pm on Saturday in a swimming pool in the Las Salinas residential area in Medina del Campo.

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