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Storm Filomena: man and woman drown in swollen river in Mijas

The submerged vehicle photographed on Saturday morning.
The submerged vehicle photographed on Saturday morning. / SUR
  • Their vehicle was dragged along by the River Fuengirola, after they stopped on a nearby track; another man and woman travelling in the car were rescued

A woman in her 50s and a man have drowned after storm Filomena hit the Costa del Sol on Friday.

It appears that they had stopped on a track in the Esparragal area of Mijas to look at the swollen River Fuengirola on Friday night.

Another man and woman travelling in the vehicle were rescued.

A team of divers recovered the body of the woman from the vehicle but the man was swept away by the strong currents, despite efforts to throw him a lifeline. His body was later recovered after a search by divers.

Municipal sources have said that during Friday there were more than thirty rescues of people trapped in cars during the storm.

All this, they say, despite the town hall's notices prohibiting using the river crossings and these being closed with barriers.