Christmas tragedy as man dies whilst canyoning in Spain

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A helicopter was deployed in a desperate search for the missing man. Credit: ACN.

WHILST many will be looking forward to spending the festive season with their loved ones, a family has been hit by tragedy after a man was found dead in a ravine in Nogeura, Spain.

Yesterday afternoon (December 23), firefighters discovered the body of a man who went missing in Vilanova de Meia. His friends had alerted the emergency services of his disappearance, believing that he may have got into difficulty whilst climbing.

This sparked a desperate search of the area, with police finding his car stationed at a car park in Tòrrec. With sniffer dogs searching the area on land, a rescue helicopter using a thermal camera was also deployed with members of the Special Action Group (GRAE) on board.

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Sadly, the search provided heartbreaking news, with the man’s lifeless body found at the bottom of a canyon.

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Vilanova de Meia has grown as a popular spot for canyoning. Credit: Ivosky.

As Euro Weekly News understands, his identity has not yet been revealed as police continue to offer support to his family at what will now be a particularly difficult time of year.

Although canyoning has grown in popularity in Spain, trained experts advise those who want to practice the challenging sport to either be accompanied by a guide or take part in a group expedition. 


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