Mud bathing deaths prompt emer­gency ser­vices warn­ings

Two el­derly peo­ple were on their own when they drowned

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Nuria Pérez

SAN Pedro del Pi­natar emer­gency ser­vices have put out a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions in an at­tempt to pre­vent deaths in the sea fol­low­ing the drown­ing of two el­derly peo­ple on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day last week in the mud bathing area of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the emer­gency ser­vices, the vic­tims were aged 80 and 90 and were alone in the area when they drowned.

In both cases they were pulled out of the wa­ter by other peo­ple in the area, who phoned the emer­gency ser­vices. How­ever, de­spite the ef­forts of lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers and paramedics, the el­derly bathers could not be re­sus­ci­tated.

A spokesman for the emer­gency ser­vices ex­plained that the life­guard ser­vice fin­ished at all beaches in the area on Septem­ber 30. How­ever, the tem­per­a­tures re­main high and many peo­ple are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the fine weather to con­tinue to bath on many beaches on the Costas.

As there are no life­guards to watch over the bathing ar­eas, the spokesman re­minded that peo­ple should avoid go­ing into the sea alone, par­tic­u­larly el­derly peo­ple, di­a­bet­ics, and peo­ple with heart con­di­tions.

Par­ents with chil­dren should keep a close eye on their off­spring.

“Stay near the shore and en­ter the wa­ter slowly so that your body gets used to the lower sea tem­per­a­ture,” ex­plained the spokesman.

“Ask a friend or a rel­a­tive to ac­com­pany you, so that some­body can help you and ask for help im­me­di­ately in the event of a prob­lem.”

The spokesman also re­minded that strong winds off the sea can whip up cur­rents.

“Avoid cur­rents, deep ar­eas and cold wa­ter and have light meals and drink lots of wa­ter,” he added.

On the Mar Menor, nets pro­tect­ing the beaches from jel­ly­fish are now be­ing re­moved by San Pedro del Pi­natar fish­er­men’s guild. The nets are in­stalled in June to keep jel­ly­fish in the mid­dle of the Mar Menor dur­ing the bust sum­mer sea­son.

An archive photo of the mud bathing area in San Pedro

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