A 47-YEAR-OLD Romanian man sadly died while swimming on Urbanova beach near Elche this Tuesday July 5. Authorities have confirmed that the red flag, which strictly prohibits bathing while flying, was raised at that time.
The alarm was raised when the man was seen floating in the sea and lifeguards entered the rough waters to pull him out. It appeared he had gone into cardiac arrest and resuscitation was attempted for an hour.
Although initially he showed signs of recovery the man was believed to have had a second arrest and died. Bathers can be fined up to €1,500 for entering the sea when the red flag is raised.