Almuñécar Councillor for Citizen Safety, Francisco Robles has summed up how the municipal beaches have fared this summer.
Last week the lifeguards and Junta beach auxiliaries concluded their task and handed in a report on their activities, which provided the material for Sr. Robles.
“It’s been a special summer after all that has happened with the pandemic, but before going into details, the most important thing I have to say is that there have been no deaths to lament on our beaches, and that, of course, is the best news,” he said.
He pointed out how this year there had been more lifeguard posts and, of course, the presence of beach auxiliaries provided by the Junta to back the lifeguards in their work to provide safe bathing for beachgoers.
He did say, however, that organising this team had not been easy: 33 lifeguards working from five lifeguard posts on the Velilla, Puerta del Mar, San Cristóbal and La Herradura beaches, to which should be added the new one on Playa Marina del Este. Then there were the 78 beach auxiliaries, whose job it was to inform beachgoers on health restrictions, etc. In other words, 111 personnel, to which also can be added the volunteers from the Protección Civil on weekends.
There has never been a summer like this one, and although things went reasonably well, he admits that if the same thing were to happen next summer, with this year’s experience for guidance, there would be some changes.
The Town Hall spent just under a quarter of a million on safety material for the lifeguard service, to which should be added that spent by the Junta providing the lookout posts for the lifeguards, equipment huts and a vehicle dedicated to the task.
Finally, we come to the figures concerning lifeguards being called into action. In total there were 785 incidents requiring the authorities to intervene concerning safety distancing and other matters. The lifeguard posts gave First Aid treatment to 174 people: 118 for jellyfish stings, 46 bathers with sea urchins spines in their feet and 15 who had to have fish hooks removed. A total of 48 bathers had to be taken to the Medical Centre.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)