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FIVE RESCUES AND A SWIMMER FINED ON FIRST DAY OF RED FLAG STATUS IN XÀBIA
The Dutch bather was fined 750 euros for disobeying the instructions of Cruz Roja lifeguards

Saturday 29th July 2017

JAVEA NEWS | Cruz Roja

The unpredictable state of the sea last Tuesday forced the lifeguard service to raise the red flag on the Arenal beach for the first time this season. But despite the clear warnings via the public address system to observe the status which prohibits public bathing for safety reasons, Cruz Roja lifeguards had to be on full alert to deal with people who decided to ignore the warnings and in one case the Policía Local had to be called to issue a hefty fine to a bather who persistently disregarded the prohibition.

The Arenal is a beach where, although the waves may appear to be small, can be subject to strong undercurrents which can make it difficult to return to the shore. Consequently five people had to be rescued from the water after falling into difficulties; two men of 20 years of age, a 45-year old man, a 60-year-old woman and a youngster of just 14.

And disregard of the lifeguard warning calls reached the highest level when a Dutch tourist returned to the water several times, ignoring the instructions from the professionals, and consequently the Policía Local had to be called in order to deal with the irresponsible behaviour and issued a fine of 750 euros based of Article 139 of the regulations relating to citizen coexistence. This rule considers that failure by someone to respect the instructions of trained lifeguards means that they put their own lives at risk as well as those of the rescue and police personnel for which it considers the facts as being serious in that they intentionally hamper the functions of the public rescue service. The regulation was enforced several times during the summer of 2016.

What do the flags colours mean?

GREEN - bathing is permitted and sea conditions are considered to be safe.

YELLOW - bathing is permitted but the sea conditions could be changeable and caution should be exercised when swimming. The flag could also indicate the presence of jellyfish or a high population of bait fish that attracts predators.

RED - bathing is completely prohibited since the sea conditions are such that people's lives could be at risk. Even if the sea appears to be calm and safe, it can often indicate that there are dangerous undercurrents and rip tides.


Cinco rescates y un bañista multado por desobedecer a los socorristas en el primer día de bandera roja en Xàbia

El mal estado del mar obligó el martes pasado a izar la bandera roja en la playa del Arenal por primera vez en este verano. A pesar del distintivo que informa de la prohibición del baño y los avisos por megafonía, los socorristas de Cruz Roja tuvieron que emplearse a fondo para atender a personas que obviaron la prohibición en una jornada repleta de rescates y en la que también fue necesario recurrir a la autoridad de la Policía Local para que, vía sanción económica, castigara la imprudencia de un bañista.

Según el balance facilitado por el coordinador de playas fueron cinco las personas que tuvieron que ser sacadas del agua cuando estaban en dificultades por las corrientes: dos jóvenes de 20 años, un hombre de 45, una mujer de 60 y un menor de 14. Y es que, como recuerdan los responsables de la seguridad en las zonas de baño de Xàbia, el Arenal es una playa que, aunque a simple vista las olas parezcan pequeñas, está sometida a fuertes corrientes submarinas que, una vez en el agua, dificultan volver a la orilla.

La desobediencia a las llamadas de advertencia de los vigilantes subió a nivel máximo en el caso de un turista holandés, que repitió el baño varias veces y por tanto se reiteró en su comportamiento irresponsable. Es por ello que la Policía Local que en verano realiza funciones a pie de playa le interpuso una multa de 750 euros en base al artículo 139 de la ordenanza de convivencia ciudadana.

Esta normativa considera que no respetar las indicaciones de los socorristas supone poner en riesgo su propia vida así como las del personal de salvamento y policía, por lo que considera los hechos como graves en tanto que dificultan, de manera intencionada, las funciones del servicio público de salvamento. El año pasado ya se aplicó esta ordenanza en varias ocasiones.




 

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