Drowning in Torrevieja brings provincial total to five

DROWNINGS: Region already suffered more than half the number of drownings that occurred last summer.

FIVE people have drowned on the beaches and pools in Alicante Province so far this summer. Since June, across the Valencia Region, the number of drownings, including in rivers and ponds, stands at 17 people. This figure is already over half of the 33 people who lost their lives in the region’s waters last summer.

The weekend of August 8-9 was especially tragic, with three people losing their lives; two on the beaches of Valencia and another in a river. In Torrevieja, a 71-year-old man drowned whilst bathing on the beach of Playa del Cura in the city.

A young girl also remains in the paediatric intensive care unit at Alicante’s General Hospital. The 10-year-old almost drowned in a hotel pool in Benidorm whilst on holiday with her parents and sister.

Emergency crews attended the scene and took her to Villajoyosa Hospital before she was transferred to the specialist paediatrics unit at Alicante.

On Monday, reports came in of another near drowning with a man in critical condition in Elche Hospital. The 73-year-old was rescued from the beach in Santa Pola and he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

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