Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

British national dies on Lanzarote

The person died on Thursday but the Foreign Office was unable to provide any more detail

A British national has died on the Spanish holiday island of Lanzarote.

The person died on Thursday but the Foreign Office was unable to provide any more detail.

A spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Lanzarote on 15 August. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

In April, a British man died in Lanzarote after getting into difficulties in the sea after leaving friends on the beach to go for a swim.

Steve Potter 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.

Meanwhile, a body found in Lanzarote in May was confirmed as that of a British pensioner who went missing on the island in 2011.

Margaret Holt, 65, from the Wirral, Merseyside, was seen leaving her hotel in the resort of Costa Teguise on the morning of December 23, 2011.

The experienced walker, who was feared to have fallen, was spotted later in the afternoon in the northerly Orzola region of the island - but then disappeared.

Mrs Holt, who was described as extremely fit, was reported missing after her worried family contacted the Spanish Civil Guard to raise the alarm when she failed to make contact with them over Christmas.

A search and rescue operation was launched by authorities on the island, but was stood down after 72 hours. Local expatriates and other residents organised their own searches for her.

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