BREAKING: Brit airlifted to hospital in Spain after collapsing with heatstroke

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The 48-year-old was admitted to intensive care in a serious condition after being picked up by air ambulance near Erratzu in the Western Pyrenees’ Baztan Valley area.

Spanish hikers raised the alarm just before 1pm yesterday after discovering him seriously ill.

The unnamed Brit, a mountaineer, was going to be taken to a health centre in Elizondo, the capital of the Baztan Valley.

But he ended up being taken in an air ambulance to the Navarra Hospital Complex in Pamplona after his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness.

His condition late on Saturday night was described as “serious”.

No-one was available at the hospital today to comment on his condition.

The drama occurred on a day of record temperatures in the area, which were up to nearly 43C in some parts of Navarra, bordering the Basque Country and France.

This comes after it emerged a 65-year-old Brit who died after a 165ft mountain fall in Andorra on Wednesday, was Everton steward Clive Betteridge.

The dad-of-one died in hospital on Thursday morning after going into cardiac arrest following his rescue the previous evening.

Kate Wharton, vicar at St Bartholomew’s in Roby where Mr Betteridge was a church warden, said in a statement in which she offered condolences to his wife Jacqui and daughter Ruth: “Clive was one of the mainstays of the church and community having served here for almost 30 years as Sunday School teacher, choir master, in the church band, as part of the gardening team, and as church warden.

“He will be much missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jacqui and Ruth and the whole family.”

Additional reporting by Natalia Penza

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