Holiday tragedy as British tourist collapses and dies after swim in sea at Algarve beach

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The mixture of sweltering weather and ice-cold water can trigger cardiac episodes.

Experts have found that entering cold water without appropriately climatising can increase the risks of a heart attack. 

Professor Mike Tipton, the head of Portsmouth University’s Extreme Environments Laboratory, said after a series of “immersion” deaths in the summer heatwave that people need to take care when submerging themselves in water. 

He said: ‘As air temperatures rise dramatically, people start to go into water that remains dangerously cold. The body’s responses to immersion in cold water are profound, uncontrollable and can result in drowning and heart problems within seconds.”

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