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A British tourist was dragged out to sea by strong waves which he was watching at the Gavinas area in Funchal.

The incident happened in the early evening, and there was no one at the beach to help, the man eventually swam out to the west side of the lido area, where he managed to grab a long rope, and pull himself out of the sea.

Night security at the lido complex raised the alarm, and helped the man, who was very weak and cold, he didn’t want any medical attention, but then gave in an was transported to hospital for checks.