British expat dies after diving into manhole discovered in Spain

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A British expatriate has died after diving into a manhole discovered in Spain – he was not found until 15 hours later and died from his head injuries.

Richie Kennedy, 39, was trapped for 15 hours after collapsing in the manhole and died of his head injuries.

The expat, from Brighton, East Sussex, was on his way home after seeing friends when tragedy struck Calahonda, Mijas Costa.

Speaking from their dream home, Richie’s distraught partner Claus Dueholm said last night: “I walked through the barrier and found him lying there on his back with his head covered in blood.

British expat died after diving into manhole discovered in Spain – it was not found until 15 hours later and died from head injuries

Pictured: British expat Richie Kennedt's gaze fell, near Calahonda, in Mijas Costa.

Pictured: British expat Richie Kennedt’s gaze fell, near Calahonda, in Mijas Costa.

Pictured: Richie (left) with his partner Claus Dueholm, who discovered Richie's body in Spain

Pictured: Richie (left) with his partner Claus Dueholm, who discovered Richie’s body in Spain

Richie Kenned y (pictured), 39, was trapped for 15 hours after collapsing in the manhole and died of his head injuries The expat, from Brighton, East Sussex, was on his way home after seeing friends when tragedy struck Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Speaking of their dream house there

Richie Kenned y (pictured), 39, was trapped for 15 hours after collapsing in the manhole and died of his head injuries The expat, from Brighton, East Sussex, was on his way home after seeing friends when tragedy struck Calahonda, Mijas Costa. Speaking of their dream house there

“It was terrible, I was in shock – it was devastating to see him like that.

“I called an ambulance and helped his stepdad jump into the 8 foot deep hole, but we couldn’t get him out of there until about two hours later.

“He was completely cold at this point, he had been lying there for over 15 hours.

“The police and the people in the ambulance couldn’t reach him – so it wasn’t until the firefighters came with a ladder and finally got him out. “

The 56-year-old, who works in the hospitality industry, was furious that the gaze still had not been covered two days after the tragedy, which occurred on June 27.

Claus, from Denmark, added: “I went to the local authorities and asked them” how many people have to die until you fill this hole? ”

A location map shows where the uncovered manhole is

Firefighters had to use a ladder to retrieve Eddie's body from the manhole, pictured

Claus, who works in the hospitality industry, was furious that the gaze still had not been covered two days after the tragedy, which occurred on June 27.

“We lost a person at 39, he had his life ahead of him and we want justice.

“It was so obvious, it was so close to the street where people are walking and there is no light on the street.

The gaze, in a popular tourist area, has since been secured.

But Claus and Richie’s family have now set up a Gofund me page, raising money for the legal costs of his case against the authorities, and he is also considering setting up a trust fund in Richie’s name.

The expat, who lived in Calahonda with Richie and their two dogs for two and a half years, had texted his partner hours before the tragedy – the last contact the couple had made.

“He went to an Irish pub and had a few drinks with some friends,” Claus added.

“A friend of his told me that Richie made sure they all got home safe and sound and that he would walk home – he often comes home.

“It’s a 2 km walk and he liked to walk so it was totally normal for him.

“There is a road with lights and a trail but in this case he chose the shorter road which has no lights and I guess he must have slipped into that hole.

“He texted me at 12:50 that night to tell him he was coming home and if I could wait for him because he forgot his keys.

. The expat, from Brighton, East Sussex, was on his way home after seeing friends when tragedy struck Calahonda, Mijas Costa.

. The expat, from Brighton, East Sussex, was on his way home after seeing friends when tragedy struck Calahonda, Mijas Costa.

Speaking from their dream home there, Richie's distraught partner Claus Dueholm said last night: 'I walked through the barrier and found him lying there on his back with his head covered. of blood

Speaking from their dream home there, Richie’s distraught partner Claus Dueholm said last night: ‘I walked through the barrier and found him lying there on his back with his head covered. of blood”

“I was waiting for him and at 2 am he still wasn’t there and I was wondering what had happened.

“At that point, I didn’t think anything could have happened – I’m not a negative person, so I thought maybe he had met another friend along the way.

“It wasn’t until the next morning that I started to worry.

Claus and Richies’ parents searched the next day and eventually found Richie’s body in the manhole.

His case against the authorities continues.

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