Woman dies near Vélez trying to cross a swollen river after Tuesday's rain

The Rio Seco was swollen with water.
The Rio Seco was swollen with water. / Protección Civil
  • An investigation is under way as to why the victim and her husband were crossing on foot after dark in the rural area

A 50-year-old woman was killed on Tuesday evening in the Vélez-Málaga municipality when she was swept away while trying to cross a swollen stream with her husband.

The tragedy happened at 8.30pm in a rural area towards the village of Arenas known as Hacienda Macarena. Her husband called emergency services as soon as the accident but it was too late to save her.

The woman's body was found later the same evening some two kilometres further downstream.

At the time that the woman was swept away, it had stopped raining in the area but the amount of water in the stream was significantly more than usual as almost 72mm of rain had fallen in Vélez-Málaga during the day.

A police investigation is underway as to why the couple where crossing the water on foot after dark. The autopsy confirmed cause of death was drowning.