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The accident took place south of Barcelona  (AFP via Getty Images)
The accident took place south of Barcelona (AFP via Getty Images)

A British holidaymaker has died after falling onto rocks in an upmarket Catalan holiday resort.

The 23-year-old died instantly after losing his balance in an accident in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Sites south of Barcelona.

Police confirmed he was a British tourist and said he was with two other people at the time.

A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force said: “A 23-year-old British holidaymaker died in the early hours of Tuesday morning in an incident that is being treated at this stage as an accident.

“He appears to have fallen from a replica cannon in front of a church by the sea overlooking rocks which are there to protect the sea wall and landed on the rocks as he fell.

“He was pulled out of the water by a passer-by and one of the people he was with.

“He was pronounced dead at the scene. A routine investigation is underway but there is nothing pointing to the death being the result of a crime and it is being treated as a tragic accident at this stage.”

The tragedy happened in front of a church called Sant Bartomeu in a square known as Baluard Square.

The replica canon the unnamed Brit fell to his death replaced an original which had been there for more than 200 years.

It has been described as the only one of six weapons that were used to defend the Sitges coastline at the end of the eighteenth century.

The tragedy is the latest in a series which have resulted in the death of British holidaymakers and expats since the resumption of international travel following the easing of the Covid crisis.

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