Monsul beach lifesaving attempt ends in tragedy

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Monsul beach in Cabo de Gata Natural Park.

A MAN from Jaen has drowned off Monsul beach in Cabo de Gata Natural Park while trying to save two children who had been caught in the water by strong currents.

Emergency services and Marine Rescue reported that calls were received at about 1.30pm on Friday (August 14) from people on the beach saying that two children were in trouble in the water and a group of people had jumped in to try and rescue them.

Although the improvised lifeguards managed to pull the children out of the water, the victim, a 41-year-old man from Jaen, was unable to resist the strong currents and was later found amongst rocks by the Guardia Civil and ambulance staff could do nothing to save his life, pronouncing him dead at the scene.

Relatives of the man, believed to have been related to one of the children, had to be given psychological support on the sand after they were informed of the tragic loss.


  1. I was one of the rescuers and witnessed the bravery of a lot of people that day. Very saddened to see the man drown trying to help the young boys. We felt completely helpless watching him taken by the force of the waves.
    I hope his family take comfort that he died performing a heroic thing.
    My heart breaks as I replay it everyday in my mind, wishing I could have done more.
    Please pass on my condolences to the man’s family.


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