It was a busy Sunday for lifeguards on Torrox beaches as six bathers had to be pulled out of the turbulent sea, after they ignored the red-flag warning.
The first rescue was carried out around 15.00h near the Ferrara breakwater, close to the lighthouse. The said breakwater, which was built only a few years ago, produces strong undertow, making it one of the most dangerous areas on the Torrox coastline.
Two young Spaniards in their 20s decided to swim out only to find that they couldn’t get back in. Two lifeguards had to risk their own lives to save these two reckless beachgoers.
Not even two hours later a foreign couple in their 70s also ventured out and had to be rescued, proving that you don’t have to be young and foolish to do this sort of thing. The woman had gone in by herself and then had trouble getting back in so the husband went in to help her.
It’s not the same as getting two fit 20-year-olds back to the beach as having to rescue two elderly people without the stamina and strength of the former but these two people were safely returned to the beach and neither of them required medical assistance.
Next came an incident on the Playa de Los Llanos-La Carraca, near the dunes. This time is was a father and son who were both experiencing difficulties returning to the beach under their own steam. They were also rescued without requiring medical assistance.
So, although the irresponsibility of the six bathers necessitated lifeguards putting their own young lives at risk, there were no deaths or injuries, thankfully.
Editorial comment: the above is what bathers should consider when deciding to ignore a red flag; it’s not so much that they are risking their lives through their gross stupidity, but that they are risking the lives of those young people sat in observation platforms on the beaches. If you want to play Russian roulette with tides and currents, then at least spare a thought for the friends and families of those lifeguards before you plunge in. End of sermon and Amen.
(News: Torrox, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia – Photo: E. Cabezas)