SEVERAL swimmers at Calpe’s La Fossa beach have hurt themselves on the ribs of a wrecked fishing boat this year.
Cesar Romero, who has holidayed in Calpe for the last 18 years with his family, is a keen snorkeller and already knew of the wreck’s existence.
This lies 20 metres from the shore at a depth of two metres but became more exposed after Storm Gloria battered the coast last January.
Romero told the local Spanish media that initially, he warned the La Fossa lifesavers about the wreck but they explained that there was nothing they could do about it. It was the town hall’s responsibility to put up a warning sign, they said, so he took underwater photos and also videoed the wreck.
He then showed them to Calpe’s mayor Ana Sala told her that other swimmers had hurt themselves on the exposed ribs.
The mayor has since announced that warning signs would be put up although it has already been pointed out that the wreck could soon become a tourist draw for snorkellers.
The boat was one of three fishing boats that sank in 1926 off the La Fossa beach, a natural mooring that had been in use since Roman times.