Chil­dren res­cued af­ter ig­nor­ing red flag

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

TWO CHIL­DREN swim­ming in the sea off Dé­nia's Las Ro­tas beach de­spite the red 'dan­ger' flag fly­ing had to be res­cued on Sun­day morn­ing, putting life­guards' own safety at risk.

The boys, aged 10 and 11, were not ac­com­pa­nied by any adult and ig­nored Red Cross rep­re­sen­ta­tives who or­dered them to get out of the wa­ter.

They were then hit by a sud­den strong wave and dragged away by the cur­rent.

Two life­guards dived in from their cliff­side watch post, since the sea was so choppy it was not safe to send out a boat.

A res­cue he­li­copter was called in as backup.

A Bel­gian man, a pro­fes- sional swim­mer, who was in the area also helped res­cue the boys.

One of the life­guards suf­fered a panic at­tack and then fainted from the sheer phys­i­cal ef­fort in­volved in bat­tling against the cur­rent.

They were not legally obliged to en­ter the wa­ter, as the red flag was fly­ing, but in prac­tice very few life­guards would choose not to do so if a bather was in trou­ble – mean­ing they are putting their own lives in dan­ger by help­ing.

The chil­dren's par­ents or guardians will be traced and con­tacted, as ig­nor­ing a red flag at­tracts fines of up to €1,500.

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