The summer season has claimed its first victims.
On Monday (June 6) a 79-year-old woman died at the Los Alcazares beach, her lifeless body being pulled from the Mar Menor. Medical crews were unable to do anything other than certify her death. Only a few days earlier, a 60-year-old man also drowned off the Playa de las Palmeras in La Azohia.
The deaths come as the lifeguard services were launched across most of the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca. San Javier has four lifeguard posts manned with more being operational and on duty from June 15. Across the whole of the municipality of Cartagena there are 25 lifeguard points and all will be fully operational by July 1.
Further north and Elche’s beaches are already being protected but on the Orihuela Costa, they are resorting to a minor contract to guarantee the official start of the season on June 15. The main contract for over €800,000 should be ready later this month or early July so in the meantime a smaller contract will be in place to ensure protection.
The town hall has also announced that to ensure and improve the safety of swimmers and complementary to the lifeguard service, information signs indicating the danger of potential ocean currents are being placed on the beaches of Cala Bosque and Cala Capitan.
The signs are in Spanish, English and German. Extra police have been drafted in to patrol some beaches to ensure the safety of bathers, such as in Alicante City, but, despite requests, Torrevieja has said it will not have extra police working this summer.
However, Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon (Los Verdes) said the staffing department has rejected the request to strengthen the police force with 25 extra agents from the Local Police to survey and patrol the beaches as the force is very low on officers.