Irish woman, 69, dies of suspected heart attack on beach in Malaga

Irish woman, 69, dies of suspected heart attack on beach in Malaga

AN IRISH WOMAN has died after being pulled from the sea at a beach in Malaga, Spain on Tuesday.

The 69-year-old woman is believed to have suffered a heart-attack while she was swimming around 12pm local time at Las Gaviotas beach in the town of Benalmadena.

Emergency services were quickly called in and attempted to revive the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of her death, with reports suggesting she died as a result of a health problem - most likely a heart attack - while she was swimming in the sea, rather than as a result of drowning.

It's not known where in Ireland the woman was from, and while the The Department of Foreign Affairs said that it has not been contacted in relation to the incident, it "stands ready" to provide consular assistance if needed.

The tragedy is the third death to have happened on Las Gaviotas beach since the start of July, with 33-year-old British man Ben Lloyd drowning there last month after he was caught in a riptide while swimming with friends.

Two weeks later, another man was pulled from ocean after getting into difficulty, and while lifeguards attempted to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Las Gaviotas is located just a few kilometres away from the Spanish holiday town of Torremolinos, and is around 25km from Malaga.