23 Sep, 2019 @ 07:04
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Expat drowns after becoming trapped in garage as it filled up with water in heavy rainfall in Spain



A MAN has drowned in Spain after becoming trapped in a garage which filled with water during a day of heavy rainfall on Saturday. 

Police, firefighters and divers rushed to the scene in Platja d’Aro, on the Costa Brava, after the alarm was raised that a man was trapped.

However it took emergency services four hours to locate the body due to the extreme conditions.

The victim was 30-years-old and was described as ‘foreign’.

Sources said he was being allowed to sleep in the garage by the owner as he was ‘going through hard times economically’ and needed somewhere to stay.

The alarm was raised on Saturday afternoon and it is still not clear why the man could not escape.

Police have launched an investigation.

La Vanguardia reported that the garage door was closed and the flood water seeped underneath until the unit completely filled with water.

It came as large areas of Barcelona and Tarragona were being battered by an onslaught of heavy rain and winds.

The latest death was the eighth to be attributed to flooding and bad weather in the past fortnight.

It comes after seven others were killed in Alicante, Albacete, Almeria and Valencia following the worst storms for 140 years earlier this month.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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