Sunday of shocks and intense work experienced yesterday by the surveillance and first aid device arranged on the beaches of Torrox in this pandemic summer. Up to a total of six bathers had to be rescued by specialists when entering the sea, in all cases, when the red flag was raised, due to the strong eastern storm that hit the Malaga coast yesterday. In chronological order, the first rescue took place around 3:00 p.m. next to the Ferrara breakwater, near the Lighthouse.
Due to this structure installed four years ago to avoid the constant losses of sand on the beach, strong rip currents have regularly occurred in this area since then, which has made it one of the most dangerous on the coast of Torrox. Two young Spaniards in their twenties got into the water and had to be helped by two lifeguards, Antonio Martín and Roberto Fernández, who helped them out through the jetty. Just two hours later, in the same place, a married couple of foreigners, in their 70s, also had to be rescued by lifeguards, after the woman had trouble getting out of the water and the husband came in to help her.
In this case, the rescue operation was carried out by Karen Nicol Medina, José Manuel Baena and Carlos Escobar. "The rescue was much more complicated than that of the two young people because they were elderly people, with reduced mobility and overweight, but we were able to get them out well and they did not require health care," explained the coordinator of the local Civil Protection group and the beach operative, Vanessa López. Subsequently, there was a third rescue on the Los Llanos-La Carraca beach, next to the dunes. In this case it was a father and his son, who had difficulty getting out of the water on their own.
"It was a complicated Sunday, but thanks to the effort and courage of the lifeguards we were able to solve the three rescues without major problems," said López, who lamented "the lack of civility" of these six bathers, who enter the sea when there is strong waves and the red flag was raised. "We have a lifeguard permanently in that area of ??the Ferrara breakwater and Chica Beach, but even so we are not able to prevent them from entering," he said.
Regarding the operation, the Civil Protection coordinator has said that it will remain active with lifeguards until next September 25 and with the skippers of the boats until the 30th. In most of the Malaga municipalities the life-saving devices on the beaches will end tomorrow, like the guards hired by the Board within the 'Safe Beaches' plan against Covid-19 launched by the Junta de Andalucía.