Mud bathing deaths prompt emergency services warnings
Two elderly people were on their own when they drowned
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