Eventful night-time swim

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Eventful night-time swim
RESCUE OPERATION: La Vila’s Policia Local helped rescue drowning teenager Photo credit: Villajoyosa town hall

VILLAJOYOSA’S Policia Local and Guardia Civil recently saved a 16-year-old’s life.

The 112 Emergency Service received a call at 11.40pm explaining that the teenager had felt ill while swimming off the Playa Centro but managed to reach the inflatable diving platform .

Guardia Civil and Policia Local officers sent to the scene met a group of youngsters who confirmed that the boy was in trouble and in danger of drowinng.

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Salvamento Maritimo and the Policia Local’s own maritime unit were on their way but the officers decided to act immediately.

Borrowing a paddle-surfboard they went out to the boy while another stayed behind, guarding their uniforms and weapons.

They succeeded in making the unresponsive teenager expel swallowed water before towing him back to the shore where they assisted him with the help of two passers-by who were nurses and offered to help.


He eventually came round but – possibly reacting from too much alcohol – tried to return to the sea.

Once tranquilised, he was admitted to Villajoyosa hospital and his mother, who lives in La Nucia, was advised.


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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