A couple from the Murcia region drowned at a Guardamar beach on Wednesday, leaving their two children orphaned.

The tragedy happened at around 10.00 am at a section of Playa Tossals (picture from the Informacion newspaper) which is not served by lifeguards and often used by naturists, with the exact circumstances behind the incident not immediately known.

A 48-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, both Spanish nationals from Alguazas in Murcia, lost their lives, with a SAMU ambulance team unable to do anything to save them. The family were staying at the Marjal camp site.

Their two daughters aged 16 and 11, along with a nephew, witnessed the tragedy and are getting counselling, and have been taken into care by social services.

Red flags had been posted on Wednesday morning across Guardamar’s beaches because of the strong currents.

Futher down the coast also on Wednesday, the Guardia Civil rescued two children who got into difficulty at Cala de la Higuera in Torrevieja, whilst on Sunday morning a 69-year-old Russian man drowned at Torrevieja’s Playa del Cura.

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