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Updated 3 April: Salvamento Marítimo has confirmed that the decision to suspend the search and rescue operation was taken in light of the absence of concrete evidence that a third person was missing, and the fact that no-one has been reported as missing. This is not a confirmation that there were only two casualties, but that there is not clear evidence of a third victim despite witness statements that three people were indeed swept away. The Coastguard has asked shipping to advise the authorities in the event that a body is spotted.
Updated 4.30pm: Air and sea searches are being discontinued this afternoon, leaving land teams searching the coastline, sadly without result at this point.
Updated 30 March: The search resumed by land, sea, and air this morning at first light for the other(s) who are presumed missing after a high swell washed at least two people out of a natural rock pool in Puerto Santiago. The bodies of two people who drowned were recovered, but the search was called off as darkness fell.
Updated 10pm: Emergency services have called off the search tonight for the missing bathers, thought to be two people. Air and sea resources will resume at first light. The Policía Local and Guardia Civil will be keeping a police point on land at the site.
Original post 29 March: Emergency services say that three or four people were swept into the sea by a wave while they were bathing in rock pools in an area known as Las Bajas, in front of the Barceló hotel in Puerto Santiago, around 5.30pm this afternoon. Helicopters, paramedics and police were all involved in the attempted rescue, but sadly two have died, a 35-year-old local man and a 60-year-old female tourist. Information is still coming in about the two who died, as well as the others who were swept away, and for whom the search continues.