By Cathy Elelman • 21 July 2019 • 15:19
OFFICIAL: Mayor Rosmari Cano, along with members of her council team, lifeguards and local hotel managers were there for the flag-raising ceremonies.
CREDIT: Mojacar Council
BLUE Flags are now flying on two of Mojacar’s beaches.
The Venta del Bancal and Marina de la Torre have both qualified for the European Foundation for Environmental Education recognitions this year for meeting a strict set of criteria on beach environmental and quality standards.
Mayor Rosmari Cano was at last week’s official flag-raising ceremonies, accompanied by members of her government team, local lifeguards and the managers of some of the area’s main hotels.
Also this year, seven of Mojacar’s beaches have earned the Secretary of State for Tourism SICTID Quality Award.
Mojacar boasts 17 kilometres of fantastic coastline. In addition to the better known stretches of sand, there are a number of beautiful protected smaller beaches outside the town.
What beaches like Sombrerico and Granatilla lack in services they make up for with the charm of a more natural setting.
Mojacar’s larger beaches are covered by a Local Police and lifeguard service during the summer season to deal with any emergencies, first-aid and general enquiries.
The lifeguards are responsible for daily displaying the coloured flags which indicate the current sea safety level. They have specialised equipment in place to deal with rescue situations. Facilities at their disposal include defibrillators, oxygen, amphibious bathing chairs for those with disabilities and a range of medical equipment, along with an ambulance service nearby. In addition, they have all-terrain vehicles, sea motors and zodiac boats to use in any emergency.
At the weekends the lifeguards run the popular ‘Junior Rescuer’ programme, organising fun, but very educational rescue information and drills for children and parents, as well as teaching how to perform some basic resuscitation techniques.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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