Woman, 48, dies despite brave sea rescue attempt
A 48-year-old woman died a day after she was rescued from the sea in Gran Canaria by two passers-by.
They have been hailed heroes for jumping into the water when she was spotted floating about 20 metres from the coast of El Rincón.
It is believed the woman fell from rocks six metres above the sea and hit her head in the process.
The two rescuers were walking nearby and saw the accident. They went into the water with a lifebuoy tied to the shore and kept her afloat between them until the emergency services arrived.
Red Cross personnel arrived and tried to revive the woman who was in cardiorespiratory arrest. This was then continued on board the emergency helicopter which took her to the helisurface of the Doctor Negrín Hospital, where a medical ambulance from the Canary Emergency Service (SUC) was waiting. She later died.
Meanwhile, the Canary Emergency Service also attended the two rescuers at the scene of the incident, who suffered slight injuries, one of them being transferred to a health centre.
Firemen, local and national police also attended.