Body found in search for man who disappeared into sea at Puerto Santiago

Update 5 February 1pm: There are a few stories going around about this poor man, some of them uncomplimentary, but the police have confirmed that he was 32-year-old Moroccan Salem Braiki, who had arrived on Monday for a 10 day visit to a brother who lives in Tenerife and works in a hotel.

The dead man had mental problems, and after leaving the apartment naked had a series of arguments with people on the street, mostly strangers who were remonstrating with him because he was unclothed. The police were called, and in his attempt to get away from them, he threw himself into the sea.

Update 5 February: Sadly, this extensive search has ended with the poor man being found dead. His body was taken by the bomberos who found him to the harbour at Los Gigantes where it was handed over to the Guardia Civil.

Original post 4 February: In the wake of warnings to take extreme care and avoid hazardous coastal areas because of the orange alert for high winds, emergency services have spent much of the night searching for a man who disappeared into the sea near the Europa apartments in Puerto Santiago.

Emergency services were called shortly after midnight with reports that the man, said to be in his early 30s, had fallen into the sea. The search continues this morning and involves a search and rescue helicopter, lifeboats, bomberos, Guardia Civil and Policía Local.

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