A BODY has been found floating next to the new footbridge of the Costa del Sol coastal pathway in Malaga.

The corpse was found by passersby just after 9am today, prompting several calls to the 112 emergency services.

Police and firefighters rushed to the scene to recover the body and question any potential witnesses.

An investigation has been launched and no hypothesis is being ruled out, including suicide.

The Guadalhorce footbridge opened just over a week ago and is the largest pedestrian bridge in Europe, measuring 270 metres.

It is main landmark of the Senda Litoral and allows pedestrians easy passage over the Guadalhorce nature reserve, an area of environmental importance.

At the opening ceremony, Junta President, Juanma Moreno, said: “This is a new landmark for the city of Malaga. They said it wouldn’t be possible because of the environmental impact, but with ingenuity, audacity, talent and will, this has become a reality.”

More than 200 tonnes of Scots pine wood from Scandinavia and almost 15 tonnes of stainless steel have been used in the bridge’s construction.

The project cost €1.6 million euros, a burden shared equally by Malaga’s city council and the provincial government.

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