Irish tourist drowns in swimming pool at Spanish resort

Irish tourist drowns in swimming pool at Spanish resort

  • The man was found dead in a swimming pool in La Pineda on the Costa Dorada this morning
  • The emergency services were called around 11 a.m. but could not save him.
  • Police sources said he was Irish and his death is believed to be accidental

An Irish tourist has drowned in a swimming pool at a resort on Spain’s Costa Dorada.

Emergency services rushed to the holiday apartment block in La Pineda near the east coast town of Tarragona after the alarm was raised around 11am this morning.

First responders attempted to revive the man at the scene but were unable to save him, with the holidaymaker tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

Police sources confirmed the man was Irish and his body has been removed for an autopsy.

The pool where he drowned was part of an apartment complex five minutes from the beach called Apartments Pineda Park.

A Mossos d’Esquadra regional police spokesperson said: “There is nothing at this stage to suggest that this man’s death was the result of a crime and is being treated as accidental.”

The Irish tourist was in a building (pictured) in the Spanish town of La Pineda when he drowned this morning

Emergency responders (stock image) were called to the scene but were unable to save the man

Emergency responders (stock image) were called to the scene but were unable to save the man

The anonymous tourist is said to have stayed in the region with relatives. It is not immediately known if his family witnessed the drowning.

The five-storey holiday building where the tragedy occurred describes itself online as “ideal for the accommodation of families with children and couples who wish to vacation on the Costa Dorada, where the best beaches of the Mediterranean coast”.

It’s a five-minute drive to Port Aventura theme park, home to Europe’s tallest and fastest roller coaster.

The man was staying in the town of La Pineda, near Tarragona on Spain's Costa Dorada

The man was staying in the town of La Pineda, near Tarragona on Spain’s Costa Dorada

Staff declined to comment this afternoon “out of respect for the family of the deceased”.

The Costa Dorada, which translates to the Gold Coast in English, is a strip of Mediterranean coastline in the Spanish region of Catalonia southwest of Barcelona.

La Pineda, between Tarragona and the lively town of Salou, is famous for its large sandy beach which makes it particularly popular for family tourism.

In June, a seven-year-old Irish girl died in hospital two days after being pulled from her hotel pool in Mallorca and resuscitated before being rushed to an intensive care unit.

The child was staying with his family at the four-star HYB Eurocalas hotel in the east coast resort of Calas de Mallorca.

Six-year-old Corey Aughey, from north Belfast, died in hospital on June 5 after falling into the swimming pool at the hotel where he was staying with his family in the Mallorcan resort of Sa Coma, near the villa Love Island.

In June, five-year-old Corey Aughey died after falling into the swimming pool at the hotel where he was staying in the Mallorcan resort of Sa Coma.

In June, five-year-old Corey Aughey died after falling into the swimming pool at the hotel where he was staying in the Mallorcan resort of Sa Coma.

On May 25, young British child Freddie Joseph Briggs drowned in a swimming pool at his parents’ house in the village of Aigues near Benidorm, leading the local council to declare three days of mourning.

Tributes were paid to the 19-month-old boy at his funeral at a Belfast church where he was baptized before being buried in a nearby cemetery.

Father Thomas McGlynn told mourners at the service that the youngster had brought happiness to those around him and enjoyed his short life “to the fullest”.

The child’s father, Marc Briggs, known to friends as Briggsy and believed to be from Mansfield, Notts and his Belfast-born mother, Jane Mohan, had moved to the Costa Blanca shortly before the tragedy.

On May 9, a Briton drowned in a nearby river that had claimed the lives of three other people over the past month as he tried to save his dog.

In May, former Royal Navy sailor Paul Lebihan died after struggling in the river at a beauty spot a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.

In May, former Royal Navy sailor Paul Lebihan died after struggling in the river at a beauty spot a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.

Former Royal Navy sailor Paul Lebihan, from Gateshead, died after struggling in the river at a stunning site a short drive from the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.

Friends and loved ones later paid their respects to the 24-year-old passionate amateur boxer and appealed to GoFundMe to help his family bring Paul’s body home and help with funeral costs.

In the early hours of June 7, a British holidaymaker died after falling on rocks in Sitges, south of Barcelona.

The 23-year-old died instantly after losing his balance in an accident which police say happened at the time when he fell from a replica cannon outside a riverside church of the sea.

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