A FULLY uniformed police officer was forced to wade into the sea and drag a defiant swimmer out of the rough waters.
Beachgoers at Daimus beach in Valencia looked on from the shore as a Spanish man spent up to two hours swimming in dangerous waters, completely ignoring the signposted warning flags and the lifeguards’ cries to get out.
The beach patrollers were left with no choice but to call Local Police, who had little success getting the man to come ashore, as he continued to turn a blind eye to the scene he was causing.
Spain’s Guardia Civil police were then radioed in, pulling them away from their normal serious crime-fighting duties, and one of the fully dressed officers proceeded to wade into the waves and drag the swimmer out.
Twitter footage shows the officer restraining and handcuffing the belligerent bather on the beach as spectators cheer and clap in the background.
A waiter at a local beach bar told a Spanish TV channel that the swimmer was in a very bad mood, and started insulting officers and bystanders.
A Guardia Civil officer added that the cuffed man claimed ‘he fancied going for a swim and couldn’t care less that there was a red flag’.
The detainee spent the night in prison and is awaiting trial for serious civil disobedience, which in Valencia can result in a fine of up to €3,000.
Un agente de la G. C. de Daimús ( Valencia ) detiene entrando en el agua a un bañista, que no hizo caso al vigilante de la playa indicándole que no se bañase por estar bandera roja. pic.twitter.com/rU73435TU1
— Eduardo.⚖️🇪🇸 (@AbuEduardo) August 29, 2018