A 68-year-old French woman has died at the beach in the holidaymaker hotspot of Gran Canaria after she began drowning and then her heart stopped beating when she was pulled from the water by other beachgoers.
The incident took place in the village of Puerto de Mogan in the tourist hotspot of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands in southern Spain.
Local newspaper Canarias 7 reports the unnamed woman was drowning and fellow beachgoers then pulled her from the water.
According to the local emergency services, two nurses who were at the beach then confirmed that she had gone into cardiac arrest and they started trying to reanimate the woman.
An ambulance reportedly arrived at the scene with a doctor and a nurse who continued the reanimation procedures but were unable to save the woman’s life.
Local authorities confirmed the woman’s death at the beach, the local emergency services report.
The woman became the fifth case of drowning in Spain last weekend as a 64-year-old man whose name was not reported drowned in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona and three more men who were 41, 60 and 72 years old drowned in Valencia and Torrevieja, according to newspaper 20 Minutos.
The man who died in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat was a local resident while the nationalities of the men who died in Valencia and Torrevieja are unclear, according to 20 Minutos.