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Foreign Office: Body of missing British tourist found

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BURGAS, Bulgaria – The body of a British teacher who disappeared while swimming in Bulgaria has been found, the Foreign Office has said.

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BURGAS, Bulgaria – The body of a British teacher who disappeared while swimming in Bulgaria has been found, the Foreign Office has said.

Ethan McKen, 24, from Nottingham, was reported missing on Saturday after a morning swim shortly after arriving at the Sunny Beach resort near the town of Burgas.

The BBC said family members had told them McKen was hit by a wave, and had been unable to reach the shore.

He had been traveling with a group of five friends, tour operator Thomas Cook said.

One other member of the group also entered the sea, but returned and was said to be recovering in a local medical centre.

A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “Sadly we can confirm the death of a British national in Bulgaria. We are providing consular support to the family at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for Club 18-30, which is run by Thomas Cook, said: “Out of respect for the family, we are not at liberty to share any specific details until a formal identification process has been completed.

“Club 18-30 reps in the resort are offering every support to the members of the party who travelled to Sunny Beach … Thomas Cook is also liaising directly with the family in the UK, and are arranging for relatives to travel to Bulgaria as soon as possible.

“We remain committed to offering friends and family every assistance at what must be a truly difficult time.”

Nottinghamshire-based Bulwell FC, of which McKen was a member, wrote on Facebook: “Thoughts are with the family of Bulls defender Ethan McKen who has tragically been swept out to sea whilst holidaying in Bulgaria. RIP Ethan.”

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