Almeria seeks to improve surveillance to save lives on coast

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CONCERNS about the high numbers of deaths by drowning on the coast of Almeria have pushed governing institutions into action.

The delegate of the Junta de Andalucia regional government in Almeria, Sonia Ferrer, and mayor of Nijar, Esperanza Perez, are to hold a meeting in September with the goal of establishing collaboration between the two institutions to avoid such tragedies on the beaches of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural park (Almeria), and will consider launching a surveillance service on the most visited coastal areas.

There will also be information campaigns to raise awareness amongst beach goers of the hazards of bathing in certain weather conditions, and signs will be set up to call for ‘prudence’ amongst them.

During the months of July and August, five people have died by drowning at Almeria beaches, four of them in Nijar, and four had to be rescued from the sea after being caught up by strong waves, according to the information released by the provincial government.

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