A BRITISH man is one of four pensioners who died within hours of each other on beaches in the Valencian Region. A fifth pensioner’s life was saved.
The first fatality was an 81-year-old Spanish woman who was found by a fellow bather a few meters from the seashore on El Arenal beach late morning. A doctor holidaying in Javea tried to resuscitate her while waiting for emergency services.
About an hour later a 75-year-old Spanish man collapsed after having walked along the shore of Les Ortigues de Guardamar del Segura Beach. Red Cross attempted to resuscitate him as there was no pulse.
Later that afternoon, a 61-year-old British man drowned while swimming off Mil Palmeras Beach in Pilar de la Horadada. Then, a 61 year old man drowned after trying to swim to a buoy off El Raco de Cullera Beach in Valencia. The Red Cross did manage to save the life of a 66-year-old woman who fainted while bathing on the shore-line of Santa Pola Beach at 1pm.
She had swallowed water, but remained conscious at all times and recovered following medical care. Provincial Red Cross warned that older swimmers should avoid bathing during peak hours and ensure that there is a lifeguard near them. Meanwhile, last week 20-year-old Miguel Durendez Ramon was found floating more than 4.5km from the shoreline of Benamor Beach in Guardamar del Segura following a 24-hour search after he was reported missing.
By Nicole Hallett