British tourist dies in Tenerife after being hit by wave

The 30-year-old was walking near sea cave El Tancon when he was swept into the sea


El Tancon in Tenerife

A British holidaymaker has died in Tenerife after being swept into the sea while walking near a popular tourist attraction on the west coast of the island on Thursday.

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The 30-year-old man was walking near the El Tancon sea cave in Puerto Santiago when he was hit by a wave.

According to the Sun, a rescue helicopter was sent to the scene and the man was plucked from the sea before being taken to a nearby football field where emergency workers tried to revive him but he died at the scene.

A spokesman for a local emergency services coordination centre said: "We were alerted a man had fallen into the sea after being hit by a wave.

"Rescuers in a helicopter managed to reach him and pull him into the chopper.

"After discovering he had discovered cardiac arrest, they performed CPR during his transfer to Puerto Santiago football pitch."

The spokesman added that a doctor and a nurse from a local surgery were involved in the bid to save his life.

The tragedy came just hours within another British tourist dying in the Canary Islands.

On the island of Gran Canaria, a man disappeared while swimming in Playa del Ingles.

The Daily Mirror reports that emergency services spent all day looking for him and his body was retrieved at around 6pm.

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