By Euro Weekly News Media • 16 September 2013 • 16:51
TWO people recently drowned on Alicante city beaches within 24 hours of each other.
They were the only deaths through drowning this summer in the city although 15 have died on other beaches in the province.
The first involved a Spanish tourist swimming at Alicante’s El Postiguet beach.
A lifeguard saw his lifeless body floating head-down near to the Hotel Melia breakwater.
The green flag was hoisted for the Postiguet in general but a red flag flew near the breakwater where the body was discovered.
Attempts to revive the 68-year-old from Segovia were unsuccessful. His body was bruised, possibly through contact with the breakwater rocks, sources said later.
The second drowning occurred less than a day later when the body of an 80-year-old man was found near the shore on the beach at Playa de San Juan.
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Whilst I cannot comment on these cases I would like to raise the issue of how well some lifeguards do their job. Having lived next to one of the busiest beaches in the region I have personally observed numerous guards who spend more time in conversation together than watching the water, also walking along two at a time chattering the whole time or making phone calls. Three times I have seen rescues were members of the public needed to alert guards who were near by but noticed nothing. I am sure many guards do a good job and bravely risk there own lives to save others but I can see that without doubt there is a need for more attention to the job in hand by a number of them.
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