Professor warns of Benidorm beach danger

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SANDBANK DANGER: Benidorm beach.

THE shifting sands just metres offshore on Benidorm beach have moved this year and may present a danger to those bathing.
Benidorm beach is renowned for its soft sands and gentle sloping entrance to the water but a professor of geography from Alicante University, Jorge Olicina, has said that hidden banks and steps have formed just under the water line and can be potentially dangerous to the elderly and the young.
Jorge said that this year, despite Benidorm being protected from violent storms and swells, the high winds have shifted the underwater sandbanks. Jorge went on to state that although it was unusual for this to occur, it was a natural, cyclical, event and as such should not be changed by manual intervention.
A representative from Benidorm’s Department of Environment said that they were aware of the situation and had already advised lifeguards to inform bathers of the risk and that they were not going to dredge the affected areas. Jorge agreed that it was a natural phenomena and that nature would prevail and the banks would diminish over time.

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