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A 28-year-old Irish man has died by drowning in a seaside town in The Netherlands.

According to emerging reports, the man got into difficulty after entering the water in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is understood that the young man was part of a group of Irish people who were socialising at a beach hotel in Egmond aan Zee when the incident occurred.

Reports state that when the group left the water, they realised the man was no longer with them, and the alarm was subsequently raised.

It has been established that emergency services arrived on the scene and removed the individual from the water,  but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Releasing a statement in relation to the incident, The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue said: "At 03.18 hours, the volunteers of the Egmond Rescue Brigade (ERB) and KNRM stations Egmond aan Zee, Wijk aan Zee and IJmuiden received an alarm from the Coast Guard Centre for a missing person in the sea."

“Coast Guard Helicopter police, ambulance service and the Mobile Medical Team were also alerted. The rescue boat Adriaan Hendrik had just been launched when the victim was found on the shoreline and the crew of the ERB began resuscitation at approximately 3.40 hours."

“The Coastal Support Vehicle transported ambulance staff to the victim.”

The deceased, who worked as a scientist, had been attending the International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria which drew to a close on Thursday.

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With security at heightened levels across Europe in the aftermath of the Paris killings, the HDI Arena in Hannover is currently being evacuated of spectators. 

The German national team – also caught up in the Stade du France explosions on Friday – were due to play The Netherlands in an international friendly game there.

A suspicious object was found before the game, and authorities in Germany, acting on intelligence information, have further reason to believe that the Hannover stadium might be the latest Isis terrorist target.

An official police announcement made in the stadium told football fans to "move away from the stadium. Do not stand still."

Kick-off was due to take place at 8.30pm local time [7.30pm Irish time]. 

Germany's decision to go ahead with their fixture against Holland was seen as an act of sporting defiance in the face of the atrocities in France.

Meanwhile, also tonight, France visit England at Wembley.

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