A five-year-old British girl and her grandfather, 66, have drowned in Portugal after being hit by a large wave, marine authorities say.

It happened in the tourist resort of Nazare, which is 60 miles north of Lisbon, at 14:00 local time on Tuesday.

The two and the girl?s grandmother had been strolling on Salgado beach when the wave dragged them into the sea.

Fishermen pulled them out of the water but only the woman survived. No further details about them have been released.

The authorities have not confirmed the names of those involved, nor where they are from in Britain.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports and was in touch with Portuguese officials.

The girl?s parents were reported to have been on the beach at the time of the incident. The grandmother was taken to hospital and is said to be out of danger.

Antonio Jose de Albuquerque, head of Nazare port, told the AFP news agency the Britons had been strolling in an area of Salgado beach that is not monitored by lifeguards.

?When help arrived, they were able to save the grandmother, but the grandfather was already dead,? he said.

?The first-aid workers tried in vain to revive the girl for nearly an hour.?

The area on Portugal?s exposed Atlantic coast is popular with surfers because of its large waves.

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke the world record in the area in November 2011 for riding the largest measured wave, at 78ft (23.7m).

The Foreign Office warns holiday-makers on its website to take care on Portugal?s beaches and to obey the warnings of lifeguards.

SOURCE BBC

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