Horse rider drowns after river fall in Spain

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A 45-YEAR-OLD horse rider has died in Spain today (Sunday) after falling from his mount and being swept away by the fast-flowing current.

The accident happened in the town of Paracuellos del Jarama, northeast from Madrid and very close to Madrid-Barajas Airport.

Witnesses quickly alerted the emergency services and two helicopters were drafted in to help in the search for the rider.

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Firefighters in an inflatable boat also helped search the river.

The man’s lifeless body was eventually found around one-kilometre downstream from where he fell in.

The horse managed to get out of the water by himself and did not need attention.

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