British boy drowns while on holiday with family in Portugal

Friday, July 25, 2008

Government officials have confirmed that a six-year-old boy from the Claudy area of Londonderry Northern Ireland has drowned while on vacation with his family in Algarve, Portugal. The confirmation came from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, England which stated that the boy drowned on Thursday July 24.

The boy, identified by the FCO as Nathan Sharkey, had been on holiday with his family since earlier this week. Authorities have not released anymore information about the incident because the boy is a minor.

"Because the national in question is a minor we can release no further details," stated the FCO.

The family is currently receiving assistance from the British Consul and the FCO. Nathan is survived by his parents and two brothers, one being his twin.