Four dead in Algarve sea rescue bid

  1. A British couple who drowned while trying to save children after they got into difficulties off the coast of the Algarve have been named as Bob and Deb Fry by neighbours.

    The pair from Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire were among a number of parents who dived into the sea off Sagres on the south west coast of Portugal on Monday afternoon to save a group of youngsters who had got into trouble.
    In all, four adults died during the rescue attempt - the Frys, a family friend and a German tourist, it is believed.
    Three children were reported to have suffered minor injuries during the incident after they were thrown back on to the beach. But it is believed that during an attempt to reach them, a number of adults became trapped by strong currents.
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    The Foreign Office on Tuesday confirmed that two children have been left without a father and a mother and two children have been left without a mother as a result of the tragedy. A further three adults required hospital treatment and one of them, a father, remains in hospital but is reported to be out of danger.
    The names of the dead Britons have not been confirmed by official sources.
    The commander of the local maritime police, Pedro Pereira, revealed that the Tonel beach in the resort town of Sagres, where the tragedy occurred, was closed for the winter and signs warned bathers that there were no lifeguards on duty.
    He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Yesterday afternoon at 1650 local time, three British and one German family are at the Tonel beach in Sagres, on a sunny and clear-sky day, when some of the children ran to the water near by a rock in the middle of the beach.
    "Suddenly they called for help and their families' adults with some other people nearby ran to rescue them from the sea. There are some currents and some deep waters that caused them to get into distress.
    "They asked for help and all the families that are with them, they ran to help them, also some people that were close by. Some parents did not find a way to rescue their sons and also to rescue themselves. The final outcome of this tragic situation is four parents dead."
  2. So incredibly sad! My heart goes out to these poor orphans!
  3. So sad.