By John Smith • 31 August 2020 • 15:07
A successful rescue drill
Credit: Benalmadena Council
EVEN though the summer season is coming to an end, the Benalmadena Council is alert to the fact that whilst the weather stays so hot and it remains light quite late that there will be plenty of people visiting the beaches.
Even when the schools are back, children will probably be clamouring to spend the afternoon at the beach and this is where safety measures are so important.
Councillor for Beaches, Encarnación Cortés; and fire chief, David Bañasco have observed a maritime rescue drill that took place on the beach of Arroyo de la Miel which included the team of lifeguards in order to consider optimum response times.
The simulation assumed that a bather was in difficulty about 175 metres from the shore and it included a rescue using a jet ski with the victim transported to a medical team manning an ambulance from the Rescue and Lifeguard Service.
Councillor Cortés commented that so far this year, there have been no serious incidents on Benalmadena beaches but it was important to be alert and ensure that the team was ready to cope when necessary.
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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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