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Police: British man, 60, dies after getting into difficulties while diving off Lanzarote

Police: British man, 60, dies after getting into difficulties while diving off Lanzarote

A British diver died on the holiday island of Lanzarote.

The 60-year-old is said to have died of a cardiac arrest on Playa Flamingo in the island’s south.

The tragedy occurred around midday on Monday.

He was described as a ‘foreign man’ at the time, but police only confirmed his nationality this morning.

Police: British man, 60, dies after getting into difficulties while diving off Lanzarote

A lifeguard is said to have tried to help the unnamed Brit when he saw he was in trouble but was unable to save his life.

‘He had all the correct permits to be able to dive, but diving is a high-risk sport and anything that goes wrong can be fatal,’ said Enrique Espinosa, manager of the Lanzarote Security and Emergency Consortium.

A lifeguard is said to have tried to help the unnamed Brit when he saw he was in trouble but was unable to save his life.

‘He had all the correct permits to be able to dive, but diving is a high-risk sport and anything that goes wrong can be fatal,’ said Enrique Espinosa, manager of the Lanzarote Security and Emergency Consortium.

‘He went into cardiac arrest after arriving and attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.’

A post-mortem is already understood to have taken place, although results of autopsies are rarely made public in Spain and are instead sent to an investigating magistrate placed in charge of a probe into the death.

Police sources said the British man had ‘health issues’.

It was unclear whether he lived in Spain or was on vacation in Lanzarote, and whether he had been diving alone or with a group.

In January 2018, a British OAP drowned on the same Playa Flamingo beach, which is popular due to its calm waters and fine sand.

Police: British man, 60, dies after getting into difficulties while diving off Lanzarote

Because of the abundance of fish, the area is also popular with both experienced and novice divers.

In 2017, three British divers died in the Canary Islands.

Two people, including ex-serviceman John Walker, 54, of Consett, Co Durham, were visiting or planning to visit the Atlantic Museum off the coast of Lanzarote.

The third person was named at the time as keep-fit enthusiast Justine Barringer, 44, who died after getting into difficulties off Veneguera Beach in Gran Canaria.

In February 2019 a British man died during a dive off the coast of Tenerife where he had been celebrating his 32nd wedding anniversary with wife Lesley.

Andrew Littler, from Coalville, Leicester, was pronounced dead after the alarm was raised when he went into cardiac arrest following unsuccessful attempts to revive him on a pier in the quiet holiday resort of Abades in the south-east of the sunshine island.

News of the tragedy emerged when friends organised a GoFundMe appeal to help repatriate the transporter driver’s body.

In just six days earlier this month, between November 4 and 10, five people drowned off the Canary Islands.

source:summarybio.com