55 Madrid students rescued from ice-cold Segovian reservoir by Guardia Civil officers

55 Madrid students rescued from ice-cold Segovian reservoir by Guardia Civil officers

Image of Las Vencias reservoir in Segovia. Credit: Google maps - Carlos Pérez de Lema

Guardia Civil officers mounted a rescue operation to save 55 students from the ice-cold waters of a reservoir in Segovia after their canoes overturned.

As reported in a statement by the Government Subdelegation in Segovia today, Thursday, October 20, the Guardia Civil rescued 55 students from the Las Vencias reservoir. They were all aged between 15 and 16, and were pupils from a college in the Madrid district of Fuenlabrada.

The students were in Segovia participating in a directed activity on the body of water when strong gusts of wind overturned all of their canoes, plunging them into the water. An emergency call was received by the Guardia Civil at around 1:30pm, informing the operator of the incident that occurred in the Duraton river reservoir, in the municipality of Fuente El Olmo de Fuentidueña.

Several patrols were immediately deployed to the scene of the event. On arrival, the officers organised a rescue operation to retrieve the students from the water. After being rescued, it was verified that the majority of students presented mild symptoms of hypothermia due to the low temperature of the water, and the cold wind. They were subsequently provided with warm clothing and thermal blankets.

Luckily, none of them needed urgent medical attention and the officers quickly evacuated the group in their vehicles, since there was a risk that the strong gusts of wind would detach some branches from the trees in the area.

The students, who had been accompanied at all times by their teachers and monitors were eventually transferred to the Segovian town of San Miguel de Bernuy, where they were provided with hot showers and a change of clothes to get warm.

As detailed in the statement from the Government Subdelegation, six Guardia Civil patrols took part in the rescue operation, along with another of environmental officers, with the assistance of three civilian personnel vehicles, as reported by larazon.es.


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Chris King

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