Scotland

Five Scots a week die while on holiday in Spain

Benidorm
Image caption Most of the deaths originate in the Spanish resort of Benidorm

Five Scots are dying on average in Spain each week, a funeral director has revealed.

Glasgow-based Frank Lynch, who repatriates the majority of the bodies, said almost all die in the resort of Benidorm.

He blamed a combination of searing temperatures and cold seas for the deaths.

He said that about 400 bodies a year are returned to Scotland from locations including Portugal and Turkey.

Mr Lynch said: "On average, we deal with about five a week.

"In Benidorm, a vast number of Scottish people have bought houses and it's obviously a popular holiday resort.

"They soak up the sun and then jump into the sea, which can lead to heart attacks in some cases."

Mr Lynch warned that it costs about £4,500 to repatriate a body and urged holiday-makers to take out insurance.

He added: "People don't realise the number's so high.

"It's really important to take out adequate insurance and take care in the sun."

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