Guardia Civil rescue 61-year-old Alicante surfer.
GUARDIA CIVIL rescue a 61-year-old surfer from Alicante off the beach of La Marina de Guardamar del Segura.
The incident, which occurred at around 1 pm on Wednesday, December 8, saw Guardia Civil Alicante officers rescue the woman after she got into serious difficulty while she was paddle boarding out on the sea, due in part to the intense westerly winds that rocked southern Costa Blanca yesterday.
The 112 Emergency Coordination Centre transferred the alert from the woman’s desperate husband to the Guardia Civil Alicante officers who quickly mobilised the boat “Río Ladra”, which belongs to the Guardia Civil Alicante Maritime Service.
The woman, who had tried to return to the shore on several occasions, was located by the rescue crew no further than 500 metres from the coast, where she clung to a buoy.
The 61-year-old surfer had clung to the buoy for around an hour to avoid being swept further out to sea by the high winds until she was finally rescued by the Guardia Civil officers.
She was given initial medical assistance by the officers as she was showing symptoms of hypothermia.
The Guardia Civil has reminded the public that “the sea is unpredictable and that, even if the wind appears to be favourable, it can change quickly, so you should always measure your strength. If you feel that you are tiring too quickly, it is better to return before it is too late”.
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