British tourists rescued in failed swim attempt

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TWO English tourists were saved from drowning midway between the mainland and Benidorm Island, known as Peacock Island.

The two men in their late 20s had reportedly set out to swim to the two nautical miles (3.7km) distance at around 7.30am Saturday after a night out with friends.

They had entered the water at least partially clothed, according to reports.

Three hours later, Fernando Santonja, the skipper of a small boat found the pair floating half-way between the mainland and the island, according to a report in local daily Informacion.

One of them seemed to be swimming with difficulty in a state of exhaustion and trying to keep his unconscious friend afloat. The elderly skipper called the maritime rescue after he was unable to lift them onto his boat. Both men were hospitalized, one was suffering from shock and was released later the same day.

The other was detained for observation suffering from waterlogged lungs and exhaustion, although at the time of writing, his condition was said to be comfortable.

By Nicole Hallett

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