These stats make grim reading

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Stats make grim reading

Stats make grim reading for Costa Blanca North as numerous people loose their lives to drowning.

THE Valencian Community had fewer visitors this summer but there was no reduction in drownings.

Thirty-seven people lost their lives in the sea, swimming pools or reservoirs during July and August, compared with 30 during the same period in 2019, announced the Spain’s Royal Federation of Rescue and Lifesaving (RFESS).

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Fifty-three people drowned between January and late August, 10 more than last year, the Federation said.

Fifty-four per cent of this summer’s deaths occurred in Alicante province, 29.7 per cent in Valencia and 16.2 per cent in Castellon.

Males accounted for 80 per cent of fatalities and more than half were over 65. This summer also saw the deaths of eight children, five of whom were six or under.


The sea took 27 lives this summer, most of them outside the timetable when lifesaving services were active on the beaches.  Another six people died in swimming pools and four in reservoirs although no fatalities were reported in rivers.

Although the summer season is over these sombre figures could rise, the RFESS warned, as the Valencia region’s benign climate allows swimming during September and even later.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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