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German tourist latest victim to drown off south west France

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German tourist latest victim to drown off south west France
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13:30 CEST+02:00
A woman died on Sunday while swimming with her family at a beach in south western France.

The 31-year-old German woman died at around 3.30pm on Sunday, reported the Sud Ouest newspaper.

She had been bathing with her family on the beach at Lacanau Océan, a part of the Gironde department popular with surfers.

Emergency services were unable to revive the woman on the shoreline. 
 
Authorities said that the death marked the fifth of its kind in just the last month. 
 
The woman's death comes just days after another German tourist, aged 39, drowned off the coast of nearby Cap Ferret.
 
The Atlantic coast in south west France has proven to be a dangerous place to swim over the years, due to strong currents and high waves.
 
There have been numerous deaths each summer, including a number of British tourists over the years.
 
This year, Due to an unusually mild autumn, swimmers have been heading to the beaches of south western France more than they usually do. 
 
At the same time, fewer life guards have been patrolling many of the beaches as is customary at the end of summer. 
 
It remains unclear if the beach was being patrolled at the time of the woman's death on Sunday. 
 

The woman's death comes just days after another German tourist, aged 39, drowned off the coast of nearby Cap Ferret.

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