Derby councillor 'almost drowns' on holiday in Portugal

Robin Turner
Image caption Mr Turner has served as both a city and county councillor

A Derby city councillor almost drowned when he was hit by a wave while on holiday in Portugal.

Sinfin Labour councillor Robin Turner, 72, was swimming in the sea when the wave threw him ashore and broke several ribs.

His wife Janet Turner said he was lucky to survive and was flown back to Derby in a special emergency flight on Thursday night.

He is recovering at Royal Derby hospital and is in a stable condition.

'Near-death experience'

Mrs Turner said her husband was pulled from the sea by lifeguards and given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the beach.

She said she was sunbathing when the incident happened: "Everybody was looking at a small group of people around a person on the beach - I rushed over and it was Robin.

"He had a near-death experience and almost drowned. He has broken five ribs on one side. And he breathed in a lot of seawater into his lungs."

She said the doctors have told her that he will make a full recovery.

Mr Turner was first elected to Derby City Council in July 1997 and previously served as a Derbyshire county councillor from 1989 to 1997.

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