Lifeguard assaulted while on beach patrol in Murcia

A lifeguard was allegedly assaulted on the La Venziola beach in the tourist town of La Manga del Mar Menor in the Murcia region.  

A boat reportedly entered the area designated for swimmers which is prohibited as it is dangerous for the people bathing in the water. The lifeguard issued a warning with his whistle which was ignored by the two people on the boat which broke through the protective jellyfish nets. People on the beach began to protest against the boat’s actions but this again failed to stop the two people from continuing towards the beach. 

The lifeguard tried to photograph the boat. but the two occupants allegedly assaulted him by punching him which left him with a split eyebrow and an injury to his eye as well as breaking his glasses. The lifeguard was attended at the scene by paramedics who gave him several stitches. 

 The local police were able to identify the alleged suspects and the council has already initiated criminal proceedings against the person who reportedly punched the lifeguard. Through Twitter, the lifeguard has received an outpouring of support from well-wishers and colleagues. 

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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