By James Bryce

A British teenager has drowned after attempting to rescue his brother who got into difficulty while swimming off Punta Umbria in Huelva province on Sunday evening.

A search was launched at 7.15pm involving two helicopters, three boats, a jet ski and beach patrol units, but it failed to locate the youth.

A spokesman from the British Embassy in Madrid said: “We can confirm that a British national has been reported missing in Huelva, Spain.

“We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance to the family if needed.”

The beach is notorious for its strong currents, with several people drowning there in recent years, including a 16-year-old at the same spot last year.