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Body of 53-year-old found in the water in Gran Canaria


A British man has died after falling off the drilling ship where he was working following a night out in Gran Canaria.


The 53-year-old, named locally as Colin Gillespie, from Scotland, was spotted floating in the water near his vessel named Stena IceMAX in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Colleagues pulled him out of the sea and made a desperate attempt to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics were called.

The tragedy happened at Luz Port, the large maritime port in the Gran Canaria capital Las Palmas.

Local reports said an initial examination of his body showed the dead man had suffered a blow to the head. 

A source close to the investigation into his death, which is being coordinated by a local investigating magistrate, said: 'Police found no signs of violence on his body.'

Another insider added: 'The dead man was on a day off and had just returned to the ship. The area where he went into the water was the gap between the ship and where it was anchored to the dockside.'

It is not known at this stage where in Scotland Mr Gillespie was from.  

The results of the autopsy, due to be carried out at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Las Palmas on Sunday, have not been made public.

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