Jorge Barroso, the mayor of Nazare municipality where five-year-old Lara Lewis and her grandfather drowned, has called the tragedy a "regrettable accident". He added:
– Jorge Barroso, mayor of Nazare municipality
The accident happened on a beach with a sea considered very dangerous and in an area without surveillance. The municipality of Nazare advises tourists and visitors who are willing to enjoy our coast, to go to safeguarded beaches, and always respect the safety rules and directions given by lifeguards.