British tourist, 43, drowns after jumping into a lake to cool off during his family holiday in Turkey
- The Pakistani-born British national was on a tour of the Manavgat Dam in Antalya.
A British tourist has drowned after jumping into a lake to cool off during a family holiday in Turkey.
The 43-year-old Pakistani-born British citizen was on an organized tour of the Manavgat dam in Antalya province when he dove into the water to escape the heat.
The Briton entered the water from a dock platform attached to a riverside restaurant.
Soon after, it seemed to struggle, disappearing below the surface. She made desperate attempts to stay afloat, splashing to keep her head above the water.
Onlookers saw the man struggling and rushed to help him. Others rushed to alert the authorities.
A British tourist has drowned after jumping into a lake to cool off during a family holiday in Turkey. He had been on a tour of the Manavgat dam (pictured)
Officials from the Turkish Gendarmerie General Command were sent to the scene, as well as medics and rescue divers.
Divers entered the water to retrieve the lifeless body that was reported to be 12 meters (about 40 feet) below the surface. Rescuers battled low visibility due to murky waters.
Emergency medical personnel were waiting on the mainland to provide assistance to the Briton, but were forced to confirm the loss of life.
The body was sent to the Antalya Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
It is still unclear why the British tourist drowned. It is hoped that the autopsy can provide more information about the incident and the timeline of the tragic death.
Officials from the Gendarmerie General Command were dispatched to the Manavgat dam site (pictured) in Turkey, as well as medics and rescue divers.
Turkey’s southwestern Antalya province is the center of the country’s tourism industry, accounting for about 30 percent of foreign tourists visiting the country.
MailOnline has contacted the UK Office for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development for a statement.