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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.

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