British man and granddaughter drown in Portugal

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British man and his five-year-old granddaughter have drowned in Portugal, according to marine authorities. The incident occurred at the tourist resort of Nazare, which is 60 miles north of Lisbon, at 14:00 local time. The two and the girl's grandmother were hit by a large wave off Salgado beach, officials said. They were all pulled out and the grandmother survived. The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports and was in touch with Portuguese officials. The authorities have not confirmed the names of those involved, nor where they are from in Britain. The girl's parents were reported to have been on the beach at the time of the incident. The grandmother was taken to hospital and is said to be out of danger. Antonio Jose de Albuquerque, head of Nazare port, told the AFP news agency the Britons had been strolling in an unmonitored area of Salgado beach. "When help arrived, they were able to save the grandmother, but the grandfather was already dead," he said. "The first-aid workers tried in vain to revive the girl for nearly an hour." The area on Portugal's exposed Atlantic coast is popular with surfers because of its large waves.