The yellow scallop shell signs the way to Santiago de Compostela on the St James pilgrimage route. Shutterstock/Gena Melendrez
Camino de Santiago

Irishman dies while swimming in Spain

The man was on the Camino trek to Santiago de Compostela with friends when tragedy struck.

AN IRISH MAN in his thirties has drowned following a freak swimming accident in Spain. 

The drowning occurred late last night in a resort in Northern Spain. 

The man was on the Camino trek to Santiago de Compostela with friends when tragedy struck. 

It is understood the man went for a swim to unwind having been walking in the sun all day.

He experienced difficulty in the water and was found unresponsive a short time later. 

Efforts were made to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead in hospital. 

His body was removed to a local hospital where a post mortem examination will be carried out in the coming days. The man is from Cork but also has ties in Kerry. 

His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will extend its support to the family and assist with the repatriation of the body. 

Olivia Kelleher
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