A Weekend of Numerous Drownings

SPN Weekend of Drownings 01A total of seven people drowned in separate incidents this weekend past in Madrid (2), Mallorca (2), Córdoba, Gran Canaria and Barcelona.

The first incident involved a 20-year-old woman who drowned in a private swimming pool in Monturque in Córdoba. The emergency services received an alert at 19.15h on Friday evening to say that a woman “was drowning” in a pool. When the ambulance arrived they tried to resuscitate her but to no avail. It was the medical staff who contacted the Guardia Civil to suggest that the cause of the drowning might need to be investigated.

That same day, over in Mallorca in the Balearic Islands (Yes, I really know where it is) a 24-year-old Czech tourist drowned off Playa de s’Illot, after jumping off some high rocks with the intention of swimming back to the beach. His body was recovered from the water where the waves had caused it to repeatedly strike the rocks. Two Lifeguards tried to resuscitate him but again, to no avail.

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Then followed the two separate incidents in the Comunidad de Madrid the following day. One man was rescued but in a serious state Saturday midday from the municipal pool in Boadilla del Monte. However, he soon after died. The 48-year-old man had been swimming lengths when he appeared to suffer heart attack – it was later revealed that he had suffered from a history of heart problems and had a pacemaker. Although medical staff managed to revive him at the pool, he later died in hospital.

Then, a 48-year-old man, drowned in a reservoir near Madrid (El Pantano de San Juan). Cruz Roja lifeguards stationed on an artificial beach in the reservoir were alerted at 18.30h on Saturday after the victim’s companions realised that he had disappeared after entering the water. A Cruz-Roja zodiac launch began a search, counting on the collaboration of the Madrid Fire Service. He was found just 15 minutes later, completely unconscious in the water. Despite applying CPR protocol for over 40 minutes, they were unable to revive him

The following day, Sunday, there were three incidents. One of them, yet again involved a 48-year-old victim between Playa de las Filipines and Playa de la Murtra, in Viladecans (Barcelona). The emergency services received an alert at 15.41h from the lifeguards on duty who had begun CPR. When the ambulance arrived they continued with attempts to revive the victim but without success.

This was followed by a drowning off Playa de Puerto Rico, in the municipality of the Canary Island town of Mogán. The victim had been fished out of the water and frantic attempts to resuscitate him followed but, yet again, it was too late to save him.

The last incident occurred on Sunday around three in the afternoon and involved a 22-year-old tourist who was pulled out the water, unconscious and with no pulse, off Playa de Palma, in the Mallorcan municipality of Llucmajor. The ambulance crew tried for 45 minutes to restart his heart and breathing but all attempts proved fruitless.

Update: At 14.00h yesterday divers belonging to the Guardia Civil pulled the dead body of a 39-year-old man from a small reservoir near Cogollos de Guadix. It was his wife who had contacted the the 112 emergency number at 09.30h on Sunday morning to say that she had lost sight of her husband who had swum out into the reservoir.

Both of them had been in the water at the time and he had said that he didn’t feel well and had headed back to the shore but had submerged before he reached it.

This brings the total to eight drownings in only one weekend.

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