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Despair as handball player dies in Puerto 

There was tragedy in Puerto de la Cruz when the body of a young man was found lying on the prisms of the port area.

He was later identified as a 27-year-old talented player with the Bolaños de Ciudad Real handball club.

Firemen were called in to rescue the body after calls were made to the 112 emergency control centre. Police and medics also attended.

The rescue services were alerted at 9.50am in the morning after being told that a person was immobile in the area of the prisms on the pier.

The club said it was devastated at the death of Augusto Germán Cozzi Castro, as were fans, and sent condolences to his family.

A full investigation was launched to determine exactly what happened.

Augusto had arrived in Ciudad Real in January and was settling in well with the club and team.

It is understood he was in Puerto de la Cruz with friends to enjoy the Carnival celebrations.

At this stage, it is believed he died as a result of a tragic fall at the pier.

The Royal Spanish Handball Federation also expressed its sorrow.