British man found floating dead in Benalmádena marina after friends reported him missing

File photo of Benalmádena marina.
File photo of Benalmádena marina. / SUR
  • The 54-year-old from Bolton was on holiday with friends

A 54-year-old British holidaymaker has died after drowning in Benalmádena's Puerto Marina.

The man, from Bolton, had arrived with friends last Friday to spend a few days on the Costa del Sol and the same night went out for drinks in the Puerto Marina area. He apparently became separated from the group; worried about his welfare and with their return to the UK approaching his friends contacted National Police.

A few hours later, a boat owner reported finding a body floating in the water at the popular leisure port.

The dead man had no shirt on and had wounds on his chest and arms, which police say are consistent with attempts to climb out of the water in a part of the marina where the quay walls are especially high.

The autopsy confirmed that the man had died of drowning after apparently not being able to climb out, although police continued their investigations this week.

Recently, another man was found dead in similar circumstances in Marbella's Puerto Banús.