Tragedy as Irish pilgrim, 35, drowned during sunset swimming in the Atlantic Ocean after a 500-mile walk in northern Spain
- Timothy Kelleher, 35, died after swimming in treacherous waters in Finisterre
- It is thought that he has completed a pilgrimage from France to northern Spain
- The locals pulled him out of the sea around 8 p.m. after he saw that he was in trouble
An Irish pilgrim drowned after a sunset dip in treacherous waters of the Atlantic at the end of a 500-mile walk through northern Spain.
The 35-year-old, locally named Timothy Kelleher, died after bathing in the Galician city of Finisterre on Thursday – on a beach known for its strong currents.
It is thought that he has just completed the famous Way of Saint James, known as the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile-most start in St. Jean de Luz in France and ends in the Galician cathedral city after which the pilgrimage is named.
The 35-year-old, locally named Timothy Kelleher, died after bathing in the Galician town of Finisterre (photo) on Thursday – on a beach known for its strong currents
Many people who complete the five-week journey continue after reaching Santiago to Cabo Finisterre, a rocky peninsula, a five-day walk from the cathedral city that in Roman times was considered the end of the known world.
The tragedy involving the Irishman, from Ballyvourney in Co Cork, took place on a beach called Mar de Fora, known as one of the most dangerous in the Finisterre area.
The man was with two girlfriends who raised the alarm at 8 p.m. on Thursday after seeing that he had problems in the water.
The locals are supposed to have pulled him out of the sea and tried to revive him for about 40 minutes while paramedics ran to the scene before a doctor arrived and declared him dead.
The tragedy in which the Irishman was involved, from Ballyvourney in Co Cork, took place on a beach called Mar de Fora (photo) known as one of the most dangerous in the Finisterre area
Vice-Mayor Xan Carlos Sar told La Voz de Galicia regional newspaper: “The sea was rough and the women saw him swept away by currents.
& # 39; The emergency services were alerted and when the civil protection workers arrived, they held him and dragged him back to the beach.
& # 39; They tried to breathe new life into him for 40 minutes before an ambulance arrived and a doctor on board declared him dead. & # 39;
It is thought that it has just completed the famous Way of Saint James, better known as the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile most starting point in St Jean de Luz in France and ends in the Galician cathedral city where the pilgrimage is named after (stock photo) )
David Lopez, a resident who assisted with the rescue, told another local newspaper: “A boy from the city called
& # 39; Andres tried to save him but couldn't do anything. The only thing the doctor could do was confirm his death. & # 39;
Another local claim would have warned the dead man that it was dangerous to go into the sea before the tragedy.
Another pilgrim died in similar circumstances in 2010.
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