Portugal drowning pair named

A five-year-old British girl and her 66-year-old grandfather who drowned off a Portuguese beach have been named by sources as Lara Lewis and Brian O'Dwyer.

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Victims 'strayed outside the area patrolled by lifeguards'

It is thought that five-year-old Lara Lewis was walking with her grandparents whilst her parents sunbathed on the beach on the tourist resort of Nazare, 60 miles north of Lisbon. Local reports suggest they strayed outside the area patrolled by lifeguards.

According to English-language newspaper The Portugal News, Nazare Port Authority commander Albuquerque e Silva said:

The two victims, accompanied by the grandmother, went on a stroll away from the Salgado beach, which is under lifeguard surveillance.

Seas across Portugal were extremely rough over the past few days, with one lifeguard on the nearby Carcavelos beach in Lisbon saying he had to rescue 23 bathers yesterday.


Five-year-old 'was swept into the water'

Portuguese journalist Rui Pinto de Almeida told ITV News that a five-year-old girl and her grandparents "decided to go for a walk by the sea" on Salgado beach, Nazare, when "the child was swept into the water".

He added that "the grandfather tried to help her, as well as the grandmother" but the 66-year-old man died.

The grandmother is currently in hospital with "light injuries" after being rescued by fishermen.


British man 'tried to help' granddaughter

Portuguese journalist Rui Pinto de Almeida said a five-year-old child and her grandparents "decided to go for a walk" on Salgado beach, Nazare, before the 66-year-old man and five-year-old girl reportedly drowned, in an interview with Sky News.

He added that the "child had a problem and the grandfather tried to help" and the "sea was terribly rough, about two or three metres high".

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