49-year-old Frenchman dies after falling ill in the water on an unsupervised beach near Vale do Lobo

First assistance was guaranteed by the lifeguards

A 49-year-old man of French nationality died late yesterday afternoon, 13 August, after suffering a cardiac arrest while bathing in an unsupervised area between the beaches of Vale do Lobo and Loulé Velho.

​Following an alert received at 18:45 pm, via the Lisbon Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC Lisbon), informing that a person had gotten into difficulty in the water on an unsupervised beach, they immediately went to the local elements of the Local Command of the Maritime Police of Faro, INEM, lifeguards from the Loulé City Council's bathing assistance device and the Red Cross of Faro.

The man was pulled out of the water by bathers, after allegedly feeling sick while taking a bath, having suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest.

The victim was assisted at the scene by lifeguards until the arrival of INEM, who continued the resuscitation maneuvers, but, according to the National Maritime Authority, it was not possible to “reverse the situation”.

Death was declared on the spot by the INEM doctor, and the victim was then transported to the Instituto de Medicina Legal de Faro by the Red Cross of Faro.

The Maritime Police Psychology Office has been activated and is providing support to the victim's relatives.

The local command of the Maritime Police of Faro took care of the occurrence.


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