By John Smith • 13 July 2020 • 10:35
The firemen in action
Credit: Marbella Council
AFTER a member of the public alerted the authorities to the fact that a large metal container was buried in shallow waters above 15 metres from the beach of Las Chapas in Marbella, members of the fire brigade were called in.
Five members of the Marbella Bomberos arrived and using an inflatable boat, a pump and beach tractor started to tackle the problem of removing the obstacle which was potentially dangerous for bathers.
Divers proceeded to remove sand from the area with a pressure hose and placed a sling around the container which was rusted with sharp edges and eventually moved it to the beach after two hours of activity.
Once ashore, using the beach tractor, they were available to safely remove the container and dispose of it properly.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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