More lifesavers for Almeria City beaches

EL TOYO: Lifeguards keep beaches safe

ALMERIA City Hall plans to add another two lifesavers to the present complement.
These would be posted to beach zones with observation towers and launches, said Health, Consumers’ and Urban Services councillor Carlos Sanchez.
“When there is an incident, the lifeguards go out in a boat, leaving the towers without a lookout,” the councillor explained to a radio interviewer.
“Bearing in mind what has happened on other Almeria beaches no-one can deny it’s possible to have two drownings at the same time. We want to reinforce this part of the service,” Sanchez said.
There are currently 25 qualified lifeguards, including a coordinator, with seven centres at San Miguel-Las Conchas, El Palmeral and Nueva Andalucia, Costacabana, Retamar, El Toyo and Cabo de Gata.
They are on duty from 12 noon until 8pm and are equipped with defibrillators and oxygen and can count on an off-road vehicle and at least three launches.
The contract which will be put out for tender next year will be much more ambitious now that the service extends to the Las Olas or El Alquian beaches, Sanchez revealed.
People have always gone to these beaches but now there are more and they should have lifeguards, he continued.

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