FRUITLESS SEARCH FOR MISSING TOURIST
By Samantha Kett A MISSING holidaymaker swept out to sea off Oliva beach has not been found, despite three days of searching by boat and from the air.
Bathers on Oliva's Pau Pi beach were stunned and disturbed to see a very low-flying helicopter hovering near the yacht club on Sunday from about 18.00, before making slow circles around the pier.
It was looking out for a French lady of around 70 who had been swimming off the part of the beach opposite Kiko Port holiday park with her husband and had been pulled under by the strong current.
Her husband clung to a rock and was rescued by fishermen, but his wife had vanished.
Authorities claim the couple went swimming in the sea when the red flag was flying, but no flags, lifeguards, bars, toilets or any other facilities have been in place on Oliva's beaches since September 1, when the area goes into 'winter mode' and even the ice-cream cafés shut by around 18.00.
The coastguard, by air, and the Red Cross on a boat, combed the area on Sunday evening, all day Monday and Tuesday, after which the search was called off.
It is not expected that the tourist, who holidays in Kiko Port every summer, will be found alive.