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Irish tourist dies in front of wife in Portugal

An Irish tourist has died in front of his wife during a trip in Portugal.

The 36-year-old man had jumped into the water for a swim after visiting sea caves near the popular resort of Albufeira with his family.

Witnesses told police that he disappeared under water before emerging a few moments later floating apparently lifeless on the surface.

He was rushed to Albufeira Marina around midday on Sunday where a medical emergency response team was on standby.

However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim, who has not been named, was on a family holiday in the nearby resort of Vilamoura.

Last night a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed they were offering consular assistance to the family.

The maritime police in the Algarve confirmed the 36-year-old man was on an "organised boating trip" with close family, including his parents and wife.

"They'd been to see some caves along the coast before stopping for a dip in the sea," the maritime police spokesman said.

"It is obviously a terrible tragedy for the man's parents and wife who were on the boat with him.

"I'm not aware of any children being there. The family was staying at a hotel in the Vilamoura area and were in Portugal on holiday."

Meanwhile, an Irishman is among the survivors of a bus crash in Cambodia which claimed the lives of at least four people.

Michael O'Riordain (29) is originally from Mallow, Co Cork, but living in Dublin. He was travelling on a bus which was involved in a collision close to the Vietnamese border on Sunday morning.

He is said to be in a critical condition in hospital after suffering pelvic and internal injuries.

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