British bather saved by heroic trio in Axarquia

By Matt Ford Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:34 0
The trio carrying the bather to a jet ski The trio carrying the bather to a jet ski Sara Naranjo/Facebook

A 57-year-old British woman remains in intensive care at the Hospital Comarcal in Velez-Malaga following a dramatic beach rescue.

It comes after the victim almost drowned off Cala de Carabeo in Nerja when she got into trouble 150 metres offshore following a 600-metre swim from nearby Calahonda Beach.

The unnamed swimmer’s screams were heard by 3-year-old Francisco Javier Martin, a National Police officer on holiday from Valencia, and Ivan Merida, 19, a lifeguard from Fuengirola enjoying a day off.

Both plunged into the sea and swam 150 metres out to the distressed bather, who was by that point almost unconscious having swallowed a lot of water.

They were joined by a member of Nerja’s beach security team, who rode his jet ski from El Salon beach, around the Balcon de Europa.

The trio managed to lift the woman onto the vehicle and bring her ashore before carrying her up the stairs linking the beach to Calle Carabeo, an ambulance arriving several minutes later.

She vomited a mixture of water and blood as paramedics administered oxygen, but eventually recovered sufficiently for the journey to hospital.

In the aftermath a stunned Martin said: “If we hadn’t heard her screaming and acted quickly she would have drowned… I hope she recovers well.”

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Given the number of incidents involving drunk travellers on planes heading to/from Spain, should an alcohol limit be introduced in airports?

Create Axarquia Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from Axarquia - Costa Tropical? Subscribe here.

Latest Tweets

#British father injured in #Magaluf may have fallen from a building site, police say https://t.co/KpPxag3ZpO
Deadline for talks set for the end of #September. #Airportstrikes #aena #Spain https://t.co/ZtN6N4m1Nr
Have you checked your wallets? The prize money has gone up! #Spain #prize https://t.co/DJY9fih700
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

First two days of strike action suspended at Spain’s airports to allow 'space' for talks

‘Positive’ talks between Aena and unions but Spanish airport strikes not called off yet

Police hold Saudi royals at gunpoint in Marbella

Airport strikes in Spain loom as last-ditch talks scheduled

Juana Rivas faces prison despite handing sons over to father

British couple devastated over Axarquia home demolition

EasyJet hoping new hand luggage in the hold option takes off on its flights

WATCH: Chris Froome increases La Vuelta a España cycle race lead

One dead in Malaga road  tunnel car crash