A LUCKLESS lifeguard was forced to fly the coop as he attempted to protect a large package of hashish which had washed up on Pedregalejo beach in Malaga City on Sunday, July 24, due to being charged by a legion of stampeding stoners keen to snaffle some of the soporific substance for themselves.
The mayhem broke out after the pelagic package was spotted near a pier by a nearby bather, who decided to alert the lifeguard patrolling the beach.
After grabbing a plastic bag, the young man headed to the scene and began to collect the resin, which had been placed into small packages, and this piqued the curiosity of other beachgoers, who headed over to see what was happening.
Once they realised what the lifeguard was collecting, a free-for-all broke out, with hands appearing from all sides as the deranged dope-fiends scrabbled to claim their share of the prize, some even grappling with the poor chap, leading a few level-headed onlookers to suggest that he run for it or risk a clobbering.
Local Police were subsequently alerted, but by the time they arrived the majority of the stash had vanished, with the feeding frenzy having subsided and the predatory potheads nowhere to be seen.
Witnesses spoke bewilderingly of cool boxes being stuffed with hashish, and one woman was said to have changed clothes after filling as much of her shirt as possible, and a dozen cops were called in an attempt to locate the narco-bathers, even forcing some likely suspects to open their cars.
The bundle is estimated to have contained around 30 kilos of resin, but in the end only 500 grammes were recovered and no-one was arrested, leaving the wacky baccy aficionados to enjoy their fortuitous freebies elsewhere.