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Spain search as storm sweeps three family members into sea

  • 7 January 2014
  • From the section Europe
Storm off coast of Nazare, Portugal. 6 Jan 2014
Europe's Atlantic coastline is seeing huge waves, like here in Nazare, Portugal

Rescuers have found the body of a man on Spain's north-west coast where three people from the same family were swept out to sea by a huge wave.

The man was identified as Juan Bedoya, a 50-year-old butcher, one of those who went missing on the rocky coast at Valdovino, Galicia.

A search is continuing for his 25-year-old daughter and his brother-in-law.

Another daughter managed to scramble ashore. Reports say they had gone to scatter the ashes of a dead relative.

It comes as severe storms batter Europe's Atlantic coastlines.

Local Mayor Jose Antonio Vigo said the search was being supported by a ship and an aircraft from a rescue centre based at A Coruna.

He said they were struggling against waves as high as 12m (40ft) and winds of 80km/h (50mph). "It will be very difficult to see anything down there," he said.

The search resumed early on Tuesday, having begun on Monday evening.

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