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Missing NI man's family travel to Spain and find him sleeping rough on a beach

By Cate McCurry

The family of a Northern Ireland man who went missing in Benidorm say they are relieved after finding him on a beach.

Dean Currie, a father-of-two from Lurgan, arrived in the holiday resort on Sunday morning with a friend.

The 36-year-old left his hotel to buy alcohol that night and had not been seen since. He had his wallet with him containing around €600, but left his mobile phone behind.

His brother Jamie revealed on his Facebook page that Dean had gone missing on Monday.

Jamie and his distraught mother flew out to the Spanish resort yesterday afternoon to help with the search. And just hours after landing, the family made their way to a nearby beach where they discovered Dean, who had been sleeping rough there for two days.

"We weren't there that long when we spotted him on the beach," Jamie said.

"He was so distressed when we found him, but also relieved to see a familiar face.

"He got lost and couldn't remember the hotel where he had been staying so he had to sleep rough on the beach."

Jamie thanked the public for their help in sharing social media pleas in a bid to locate Dean.

Dean had bought a towel which he used as a makeshift blanket.

He had walked into a local police station to explain what happened, although he said he did not receive any help from the Spanish authorities.

With no mobile phone or way of finding his accommodation, Dean slept on the beach, and bought a sun lounger where he spent most of yesterday until his family discovered him.

Jamie and his mother are planning to fly back to Northern Ireland today.

Dean will enjoy the rest of his holiday before returning home on Friday.

"Dean said the holiday is on him," Jamie joked.

"It was great that we found him, we all felt very relieved. It took him a while but he's starting to feel better and is looking forward to a good night's sleep in a bed."

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