A British teacher is feared dead after he was swept out to sea during a late night swim while on holiday in Bulgaria.
Ethan McKen was at the Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach when he became lost in the water in the early hours of Saturday.
Reports suggest the 24-year-old had not long arrived in the destination as part of a group of six on a Club 18-30 holiday when the accident occurred.
It is thought the teacher and a friend left their travelling party just hours after arriving in Sunny Beach in the early hours of the morning, opting to go swimming in the dark, MailOnline reported.
The two men are believed to have encountered issues while in the water, being pulled further out than planned.
While his friend made it back to the shore, McKen could not be reached.
Thomas Cook said it is working with local authorities to find Ethan and confirmed his friend was recovering at a local medical centre.
A spokesman for Thomas Cook’s Club 18-30 confirmed the pair were staying at its Sunny Beach resort.
He added: “We are very concerned by the disappearance of one of our customers in Bulgaria after they took a morning swim in the sea in Sunny Beach resort.
“Club 18-30 reps in resort are offering every support to the other members of the party.
“We are liaising closely with the British Embassy and the local authorities as the search effort continues, and can confirm that the local police are stopping anyone entering the water at present while this continues.
“Club 18-30’s parent company Thomas Cook is liaising closely with the missing person’s family in the UK, and are arranging for relatives to travel to Bulgaria at the first available opportunity.”
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