Paddleboarder dragged out to sea in Alicante

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Paddleboarder dragged out to sea in Alicante
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Paddleboarder dragged out to sea in Spain’s Alicante.

In Alicante, a young man has been rescued after he was dragged out to sea when he was paddleboarding. The Salvamento Marítimo boat Salvamar Mirfak swung into action to make the rescue off the coast of El Campello in Alicante. The man had been swept out to sea by intense winds.

The young man was caught up by an intense wind of 35 knots that dragged him out to sea on his board, according to the skipper of the Salvamar Mirfak boat, Juan Carlos Rodríguez.

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He required medical assistance after he was rescued. He had not been wearing a wetsuit which was dangerous under these conditions and allowed his body temperature to drop dramatically. The man was taken to hospital.

Salvamento Marítimo took to Facebook and commented on the rescue. The organisation said:

“Paddlesurfer in distress #ElCampello


“Our centre #Valencia mobilises the salvamar Mirfak which locates, rescues the missing person and calls for medical assistance on arrival @PuertoAlicante given his low body temperature.”

The man was successfully rescued but no further details regarding his condition are known at this time.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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