A source from the District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Faro told Lusa that the injuries, one of which was serious, were sustained by Dutch people.

The alert for a pre-drowning situation was given at around 20:44 and 15 operatives attended the scene supported by six means of the Maritime Authority of Portimão, the fire brigade and the Portuguese Red Cross.

The incident happened on the day that the bathing season began on some beaches in the country.