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La Oliva beaches - Rescue and Lifeguard services
from RTVAC:

The guarded beaches of La Oliva overcome the high season with 72 interventions and 14 rescues from the Rescue and Lifeguard Service.
A score of troops ensures the safety of thousands of visitors in the Great Beaches of Corralejo and El Cotillo, who visited the mayor of La Oliva and the councilor of Playas

The special rescue and rescue device enabled from the City Council of La Oliva during the last three months has been settled, one more year, without drowning on the beaches under surveillance.

About twenty troops, among the first-aid workers of the municipal workforce and those of the assistance service, continue to serve in the guarded beach sectors, the 7 kilometers of the Corralejo Great Beaches, from hotels to El Burro, and around one kilometer in Piedra Playa, in El Cotillo.

The mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, and the Councilor for Public Safety and Beaches, Oliver González, visited the Great Beaches to follow up on the service, and to "personally thank the work done by our lifeguards." "One more year, they have successfully completed all the incidents that have been presented to them, and thanks to that thousands of bathers have been able to enjoy our beaches safely," said Isaí Blanco, who also wanted to "continue along this line in what it's summer. "

The City Council of La Oliva has made an effort to redouble the budget items allocated to these services, "both in terms of personnel and equipment." This has been noticed, no doubt, and this is reflected in some data in which the months are exceeded more difficult without regretting human losses in the sectors that the lifeguards of La Oliva monitor, "said Oliver González.

The Councilor for Beaches and Public Safety said that, even having improved the service in these last two years, from the City Council of La Oliva "we want to continue betting on safety and accessibility on the beaches", advancing next steps such as "the tendering of a new rescue and lifeguard contract, or the provision of better infrastructure on the beaches such as walkways, vehicles, signage, etc. "

Increase of interventions and reduction of rescues

In the area with the highest number of bathers, the Corralejo Great Beaches, the Life and Rescue Service reports in June, July and August show a total of 72 interventions.

Among all of them, 14 were rescued at sea, 8 transfers were transferred to health centers after the corresponding first aid by the first responders, and 15 attentions were made in the amphibious chairs so that people with reduced mobility could enjoy the bath.

The rest of the actions correspond, for the most part, to interventions of little importance, such as dehydration, first aid for minor injuries, or loss of children.

The data has varied compared to the summer of 2018, in which the first responders performed 57 interventions and 25 rescues. "The interventions have increased and the rescues have been reduced, which means that the service has improved at the level of prevention, and that the staff has been able to focus on meeting the needs of the users of the beaches," said the councilor of Playas and Citizen Security, Oliver González.

A stop at sea and a rescue on the north coast

Despite not having drowned on the beaches under surveillance between June and August, it is worth recalling the two interventions in which the lifeguards acted in 2019 to try to save the lives of injured people.

One was a tourist of German origin, who in May was brought ashore already at a cardiorespiratory stop by the boat of a water sports school, after suffering an accident on the high seas, and who was attended by lifeguards from the Grandes Beaches, trying to revive it with the latest generation defibrillation devices with which they are equipped.

The second case was the death of the "hero of Tebeto" in the month of April, Arturo Fontán, who was dragged by the current when he himself tried to rescue another person in distress. In this case, it was another lifeguard from La Oliva, Adrián Padrón, who was out of service that day, moved quickly from his residence in Tindaya to try to make the rescue, throwing himself into the sea even twice without rescue equipment.

As recently reported by the platform 'Canarias, 1500 km of Costa', so far this year there have been 28 drowning in the Canary Islands, of which 5 took place in Fuerteventura.
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(10-09-2019, 10:56 PM)TamaraEnLaPlaya Wrote: As recently reported by the platform 'Canarias, 1500 km of Costa', so far this year there have been 28 drowning in the Canary Islands, of which 5 took place in Fuerteventura.

28 isn't as bad as the drownings in previous years.

Drownings in the Canaries by year:

  • 2016 - 71 (different source 72)
  • 2017 - 93
main victims were tourists - over 65%. 93 drowned, more than a double of people killed in traffic accidents - 44 in 2017.

  • 2018 - 55
76 percent of them have been male, the largest proportion of deaths have occurred in the 65 and older age category (40.7%).
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from RTVAC:

La Oliva City Council congratulates the El Cotillo Lifeguard Service, which yesterday completed a new rescue in Punta Blanca.

The rapid intervention of a municipal lifeguard avoided major evils and made unnecessary the intervention of the CECOCES helicopter.

The City Council of La Oliva conveys its congratulations to the personnel of the municipal rescue and lifeguard service, which yesterday successfully completed a new rescue in Punta Blanca, on the north coast of the municipality between El Cotillo Lighthouse and Majanicho.

There is the circumstance that it was specifically a member of the service assigned to the surveillance post of El Cotillo who, being on his day off, first appeared at the scene of the incident. The Councilor for Citizen Participation, Oliver González, highlighted "the professionalism and involvement of lifeguards in La Oliva." In the case of El Cotillo, "there are already several times that the workforce intervenes not being on duty or out of their working hours, a commitment that saves lives and is important to recognize," he added.

The first activation was a call from the Firemen of La Oliva to CECOES and the El Cotillo Relief Station at around 1:00 p.m., informing people in distress in Punta Blanca, where the practice of sports activities such as surf.

According to the Rescue and Lifeguard Service report, the incident occurred at a point away from the beaches under surveillance. "By not having troops in the area, the nearest municipal lifeguard is activated (...), on his day off, to go and assess the situation."

Once in the place, the lifeguard "communicates that he observes two people in the water and not knowing his status, he throws himself into the sea. Upon arriving at the place, he observes that he is a person in trouble and another who tries to save him. approximately 10-15 minutes, reach the shore being a successful rescue without incident. "

Once the intervention is completed, CECOES is notified to cancel the service in which Firefighters, Local Police and Rescue Helicopters were activated.
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