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UK man and son drowned in Spain
Stormy weather has affected the Spanish coast in recent days
A British man and his five-year-old son have drowned after being swept out to sea in Spain, the Foreign Office said.

The man's two sons were washed into the sea as he took a picture of them at a popular beauty spot at Tossa de Mar, near Barcelona, on the Costa Brava.

The Spanish news agency Europa Press reported the man managed to rescue one of the boys.

But he was overcome as he tried to recover his second son. Next of kin have been notified, officials say.

Europa Press reported that rescue firefighters in a helicopter had spotted the man and his son clinging to a life buoy, but rough seas prevented them from reaching the duo in time.

Both bodies were later retrieved 30m (98ft) from the beach.

The Spanish coast has been hit by stormy weather this week.

The mother of the two children is believed to have been on the beach and reportedly saw the tragedy happen.

She and the older son, aged seven, were taken to hospital in Tossa de Mar, the Spanish Centre for Maritime Rescue Coordination said in a statement.

The Foreign Office said consular officials were heading to the scene to offer assistance to the family.

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