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Belfast man (65) drowns while on a sunshine holiday to Malta

By Rebecca Black

A Belfast pensioner has drowned in Malta.

The 65-year-old man, who has not been named, had been with his family on the Mediterranean holiday island.

He had been swimming in the famous Golden Bay area underneath what is known as The Riviera in Ghajn Tuffieha in the north west of the island yesterday.

It is thought the incident took place at around noon.

Local reports say that the sea had been rough and that the man got into difficulty.

Tourists in Golden Bay called emergency services when they heard the man's cries for help. He was pulled from the water by other tourists who had been enjoying the beach.

A holidaying nurse administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until a rescue helicopter arrived.

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) helicopter arrived a few minutes later and airlifted the victim to the helicopter pad near Karin Grech Hospital in Guardamangia.

From there the victim was then taken to Mater Dei Hospital by ambulance, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

This is the third incident in Malta this year in which a tourist has drowned.

The first occurred in March, when a Polish man who was taking photos at Dwejra in Gozo was carried away by waves.

Then in May a German woman died after encountering difficulties while diving off Gozo.

The tragic news comes as scores of holidaymakers plan to head off for a break in the sun.

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