Second Brit dies after fall while snapping selfie at Costa Blanca beach

A second British tourist has died of his injuries after he and his friend plunged 10metres while taking a snap of themselves overlooking the beach in Torrevieja.

Second Brit dies after fall while snapping selfie at Costa Blanca beach
The fall happened in Punta Prima, Torrevieja in Alicante region. Photo: TripAdvisor

One British man was pronounced dead at the scene on Wendesday evening and the other was airlifted to hospital in Alicante where he died of his injuries on Thursday morning, Spanish news agency Efe reported.

The pair, who were reported to be British and in their 20s plunged over the railings off an espalanade at Punta Prima, a popular tourist spot with great views overlooking the beach near Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca.

They fell onto the roof of a lifeguard post around 10 metres (30 feet) below the railings at around 7.30pm on Wednesday.

A friend who was with them and who watched the pair fall was reported to be treated for shock at a nearby hospital before being discharged.

Police sources reported in Spanish newspaper El Confidencial said it appeared the fall occurred while the two young men were taking pictures of themselves but insisted “it is too early to speculate on exactly what happened, we are at the beginning stages of the investigation.”

Police said they would be talking to the surviving friend to build up a better picture of what happened.

The British Embassy in Madrid could confirmed the deaths. “We are supporting the families of two British men following their deaths in Alicante, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities,” an FCO spokesperson said.  “Another British man was involved in the accident, and we are also providing assistance.”

The death comes just days after a woman was killed at a popular sunset point in Mallorca when the boulder she was sitting on with her boyfriend broke away and crushed her to death.

READ ALSO: Stick with your mates: New campaign aimed at young British tourists 

Updated at 15.00 on Thursday July 4th.

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Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain’s Costa Blanca

If you're going to be staying in Spain's Costa Blanca this summer and you're looking to spend time relaxing at a secluded beach or cove, here are ten spectacular spots where tourists and sometimes even locals don't go in Alicante province.

Beat the crowds: 10 hidden beaches and coves along Spain's Costa Blanca
Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa). Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia

Finding a quiet spot to put down your beach towel can be pretty challenging during the peak summer period in Alicante. 

The pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions mean many Spaniards are spending their holidays in the country, and the Valencian province is particularly popular among national tourists, just as it is with foreign visitors. 

 For peace seekers, that unfortunately means packed beaches and the usual hustle and bustle that comes with life in Spain. 

However, Alicante’s coastline has lots of fairly unknown beaches and coves where you are less likely to encounter crowds. They may not all have fine white sand and all the usual amenities but their ruggedness and natural beauty are part of the charm. 

Here are ten playas (beaches) and coves (calas) in Alicante where you may find the peace and quiet you’re after. 

Les Rotes (Dénia)

Photo: Salvador Fornell/Flickr

Playa Portichol (Javea)

Photo: Concepcion Muñoz/Flickr

Cala del Moraig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Jesús Alenda/Flickr

Cala Baladrar (Benissa)

Photo: Joan Banjo/Wikipedia

Coveta Fumá (Campello)

Photo: William Helsen/Flickr

Cala Tio Ximo (Benidorm)

Photo: Enrique Domingo/Flickr

Cala Ferris (Torrevieja)

Photo: Miguel Angel Villar/Flickr

Cala Llebeig (Benitatxell)

Photo: Valencia Tourism Board

Playa del Bol Nou (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Diego Delso/Flickr

Cala Racó del Conill (Villajoyosa)

Photo: Samu Alicante/Wikipedia