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Warnings repeated after three more drownings in Canaries 


Police are investigating the death of a woman who appears to have drowned in Lanzarote.

At the time of going to press, there had been no formal identification of the body and forensic experts were taking finger-prints to ascertain her identity.

It is believed the woman was aged between 30 and 40 and was of European nationality, possibly Nordic.

The tragedy happened in Puerto del Carmen, a very popular beach resort which is always full of tourists.

However, on this occasion, the area was more deserted because the body was spotted at 4.45am in the morning and there were few witnesses to what might have happened.

Initial reports suggest the woman was seen on the beach with a man who walked away when she went into the sea. There was apparently no argument or discussion between the two of them.

The emergency services said they were called in when passers-by spotted the woman’s body floating in the water and pulled her out before they arrived.

After making a call to the 112 control centre, a doctor on duty told the members of the public how to perform resuscitation techniques because the woman was already in cardiac arrest.

Medics continued this when they arrived at the beach but were unable to revive the victim and could only confirm her death.

According to the police, the woman showed no signs of any violence. Her death was confirmed as drowning.

Meantime, a young girl was rescued after she nearly drowned in a swimming pool in an hotel in Playa de las Americas.

This incident happened in the middle of the afternoon. The five-year-old was pulled from the water and was unconscious and in a very serious condition.

She was stabilised at the scene before being rushed to hospital. No further details were given and no update on her condition has been released.

These two incidents follow on from the drowning of two British men in separate tragedies in the Canaries (see inside for full stories).

Safety experts have once again urged people to take very special care when near the sea as both of these deaths involved the men being swept into the ocean by large waves.

They reiterate that the currents of the Canaries can be very deceiving, as can the strength of the waves even if the conditions appear calm.