Near Drowning off Salobreña Beach

Monday, August 17, 2015
By Hugh MacArthur

SAL Beach rescue OnLThe lifeguard volunteers went into action off Playa de la Charca in Salobreña to rescue a bather in trouble on the afternoon of the 15th.

The strong wind coming from the West on the 15th also caused a capsizing off Almuñécar that same afternoon.

On the Salobreña beach the red flag was flying yet the bather decided to strike out through the surf regardless. It wasn’t long before he realised that he was in trouble – it was three in the afternoon.

The 25-year-old bather was being carried out by the undertow, and as he was near the Peñon, he was in danger of being swept onto the rocks, if he didn’t drown first.

The same danger was a strong concern for the beach-rescue volunteers themselves, but they went to his rescue all the same and the incident ended without loss of life or injury.

If the volunteers didn’t already have their work cut out for them, putting their own lives at risk to rescue  irresponsible individuals that ignore the red-flag warnings – which aren’t there for decoration, after all – there are often false alarms where pranksters pretend they are drowning in order to get the volunteers to react. Unfortunately, these stupid pranks mean that the volunteers could be distracted from a real emergency situation.

Kudos to the Salobreña volunteers.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia) – Photo: Radio Salobreña)

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