British pensioner drowns 'trying to retrieve golf ball'

A British holidaymaker is believed to have drowned in a Spanish lake as he tried to retrieve a golf ball. 73-year-old Thomas Ross slipped into the water on Sunday morning while playing the fifth hole at the Dunas de Donana course in Almonte, southern Spain.

According to local reports the pensioner could not swim and despite being pulled from the water alive, emergency services aided by a helicopter ambulance were unable to save him, according to local reports.

Mr Ross, believed to have been from Scotland, was staying at the four-star Carabela Beach and Golf Hotel as part of a group of six tourists.

We are aware of the death of a British national in the Huelva area of Andalusia and have offered consular assistance to the family.

– Foreign Office