Summing up the summer
THE Red Cross, which provides the Javea’s lifesaving service, recently detailed its operations this summer.
Coordinators Javier Server and Alberto Tenreiro revealed that the Red Cross lifesavers attended to 2,405 people needing first aid, compared with 6,000 last year.
Most incidents involved bruises and minor injuries and, owing the absence of large shoals of jellyfish, fewer people needed treatment for stings.
There had been no drownings during the summer season when Server and Tenreiro gave their summary, although the following day a man of 75 died while swimming at the Arenal beach, apparently due to a heart attack.
The Red Cross team carried out 145 rescues this summer, 82 of them involving swimmers on the Arenal beach although 47 swimmers found themselves in difficulties when lifesavers were on duty.
Seventy-nine people receiving assistance were later transferred to hospital.
Boats and rescue vehicles were required on 16 occasions, usually linked to injuries sustained while climbing cliffs, diving or using jet-skis and kayaks.
Practically all of these accidents occurred on beaches or coves without lifesavers.
The Red Cross team also reunited 27 children who were lost with their parents.
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