A BRITISH father and his seven-year-old son drowned near the resort of Calas de Mallorca, on the south-east of the island. Holidaymaker George Selby was trying to rescue his son Louis after he had been swept out to sea in the small bay of Cala Antena beach.
Lifeguards were alerted to the pair’s plight, but were unable to save the father and son. The family had arrived for a holiday in Mallorca two days earlier, and some media reports indicated that there are warning signs about swimming in the area.
“My son George Selby died trying to save his son Louis Selby,” said Mrs Selby senior in a statement issued through the British Foreign Office. “George was passionate about his wife Abigail and their three sons. This tragedy that has befallen this family has devastated the lives of his wife, sons and mother.”
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the tragic deaths of two British nationals in Mallorca on September 1. “We are providing consular assistance to the family.” Reports suggest the family is from Hornchurch in Essex, with George Selby aged 28.