British man drowns in Lanzarote sea

LAST UPDATED: 24 Apr, 2013 @ 13:39
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British man drowns in Lanzarote sea

A BRITISH holidaymaker has died after getting into difficulties swimming off the coast of Lanzarote.

Steve Potter, 43, had left his friends on the beach to go into the sea and was spotted floating face down in the water shortly after.

Reports state the Briton was pulled out of the sea unconscious by other bathers, but emergency personnel on the beach were unable to resuscitate him.

Potter, who is believed to be from the north of England, was at the island’s Famara Beach with friends when the incident happened.

The results of a post-mortem examination have been sent to an investigating judge put in charge of a routine inquiry into the incident, but have not yet been made public.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Lanzarote on April 20.

“We are providing consular assistance to his family at this difficult time.”

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  1. The strait between the island of Graciosa and Famara beach is called “El Rio”, The River, and the analogy is totally, due to lateral currents originating there depending on the wind conditions in both directions. It is the case that not having stormy waters or waves, however can drag laterally from a shallow zone to another deeper and rugged. The surfers, with their wetsuits playing in the surf can spend more time in the water, but a swimmer unnoticed could be quite a shock, even unfortunately drowned.

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