A GUARDIA CIVIL officer and a surfer rescued a 62-year-old man from the sea in the area of Rincon de la Zofran in El Campello.
He was 150 meters from the shore and could not get out of the water due to the strong currents and winds and was calling for help. Two Guardia Civil officers on the shore were alerted by other beachgoers that he was in the water.
As there was no lifeguard present one of the officers took off his uniform and jumped into the water accompanied by a citizen with a surfboard. They put him on the surfboard and were able to bring him, uninjured, out of the water.
The exhausted man was then attended by lifeguards who had been called from a nearby beach.
He had apparently been trying to get to shore for about 30 minutes, but said that nobody had noticed he was in danger for the first few minutes. He was not taken to hospital as he was only tired and disorientated.