The beach season is here and with it comes the drowning accidents. Unfortunately most often them happen due to stupidity.
Today a 47 year old Romanian man drowned on the beach between Playa El Altet and Urbanova in Elche. The man took a swim even though the red flags were hoisted.
A 57 year old British woman drowned on the Campoamor beach in Orihuela Costa last week. The woman chose to swim even though the lifeguards had hoisted red flags on the beach, which means that it is forbidden to bathe.
On Tuesday last week lifeguards from the Red Cross in Guardamar (Alicante) rescued a married couple who nearly drowned in Playa del la Roqueta. Also in this case the red flags were hoisted but the couple chose to defy the ban which nearly cost them their lives. They were taken by the strong undercurrents and unable to get ashore. Several lifeguards participated in the rescue efforts which fortunately ended well.
On Wednesday last week a Swedish male tourist drowned at the La Mara beach in Torrevieja. Other swimmers discovered the man and got him out of the water. The man was still alive when he was taken out of the water, but died shortly after he was brought ashore.
Torrevieja municipality has not yet managed to etablish any lifeguard service for the season, thus there are no flags telling whether it is safe or dangerous to swim at the beaches.
Bathers in Torrevieja are asked to use common sense and caution until the lifeguards start patrolling the beaches.
There is always a reason why the red flags are beeing hoisted. There may be strong undercurrents, jellyfish, sharks etc. Besides death, you can fined for defying the bathing prohibitions.
Read more about it here: Disobedient bathers fined.