AN international police operation has led to a British pensioner who had suffered a fall in a Fuengirola apartment on Spain’s Costa del Sol being saved.
Spanish National Police came to the aid of the septuagenarian following an Interpol Manchester notice.
Worried relatives in the UK city alerted British police that that they had lost contact with him for several days.
Interpol Manchester asked Fuengirola’s National Police station for help. They immediately dispatched a patrol at 3 am on January 3 to check the address of the pensioner.
Getting no answer when they knocked on the door, they checked with neighbours and quickly consulted hospitals to see if there was any news of him.
At this point they heard a very faint noise from inside the flat. They called the fire department who broke the door down and police entered to find the man lying on the floor of the living room.
He was in a state of semi-consciousness, unable to move, with head and limb injuries consistent with an accidental fall.
After calling an ambulance, which took the septuagenarian to a hospital, he thanked his police “colleagues” for their help, since, he said, he had also been a police officer in the United Kingdom.