Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

British man dies in Canary Islands

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the death of a British national in Lanzarote

A Briton has died after getting into difficulties in the sea off the Canary Islands.

Steve Potter was spotted face down in the water after leaving friends on the beach to go for a swim on the holiday island of Lanzarote.

He was seen to be in trouble and dragged out of the water unconscious, but died at the shoreline after failing to respond to efforts to revive him, according to the Mail Online.

Mr Potter, said to be 43 and from the north of England, was at the island's Famara Beach with friends when the incident happened late on Saturday afternoon.

The news website said the results of a post-mortem examination had been sent to an investigating judge put in charge of a routine inquiry into the incident, but had not yet been made public.

It quoted a source as saying there was nothing to suggest the case was anything other than an accident.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Lanzarote on April 20, and we are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office(FCO)

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