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A woman of Polish nationality was just – at around 3 pm Saturday – taken by a wave on the beach next to the Hotel Porto Santa Maria, in downtown Funchal, AgoraMadeira said.

The boyfriend hurled himself in to the sea to save her, and another friend also threw himself into the sea to help.

The woman will have floundered in the tetrapods and, it seems, will have suffered a head injury. The boyfriend had bruises and his friend had a cut on his forehead.

The three wounded, in their 30s, are Polish citizens. They were assisted by the Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters and transported to the hospital.