Missing Brit 'thrown from banana boat' in Portugal named as Richard Chapelow

By On August 22, 2018

Missing Brit 'thrown from banana boat' in Portugal named as Richard Chapelow

A missing British man who disappeared in a boating accident in Portugal is feared dead by the family he was holidaying with.

Emergency services continue to hunt for Richard Chapelow, who was reportedly thrown from a banana boat on the Santa Clara Dam on Monday.

He was a guest of property tycoon Jon Hunt, the founder of Fo xtons estate agency.

Mr Chapelow was part of a group of 10 Britons at the popular watersports and fishing spot, about an hour's drive north of the Algarve region, local media reported.

A statement issued on behalf of the Hunt family said: "My family and I are devastated by the loss of Richard, following a tragic accident at Santa Clara Dam.

"Our thoughts and prayers are wholly with Richard's family, and we ask that both families are given space to grieve such a painful loss.

"We will be working closely with the Portuguese authorities to understand what has happened, and are grateful to the local police and fire services for their efforts. It is a time of great sorrow."

Volunteer fire chief Mario Batista told Portuguese media four people were on a banana boat with another six on a boat towing the inflatable.

One rider disappeared after all four were thrown from the float, he said.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are assisting the family of a British man reported missing in Portugal and are in contact with the local authorities."

Additional reporting by Press Association

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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