By Keith Nicol
ALONG the Mazarrón beaches, the team of 139 staff and volunteers of the Red Cross were called to action on 169 occasions for maritime assistance and interventions during the past year 2016.
This was part of the programme of Maritime Rescue that the humanitarian institution develops in the Region of Murcia.
These activities were all related to the protection of human life at sea, as a program of intervention in emergency maritime situations in the marine environment. The program was developed by the Red Cross under the legal framework provided by the agreement that the Spanish State has agreed with IMO (International Maritime Organization ), as well as in the Framework Convention and Plans of Action of Red Cross with SASEMAR. The involvement and participation of Red Cross activities in the Region of Murcia is regulated by an Autonomous Convention with the General Direction of Citizen Security and Emergencies, dependent on the Ministry of Presidency.
The activities carried out by the Red Cross in this regard are, fundamentally, the rescue of human lives, search and rescue of missing persons on the coast, support in search operations for survivors, support in activities to fight pollution in the marine environment, towing and technical assistance of boats, health care or any other type of care to people who are in difficult situation at sea, accompanying and escorting other boats etc. For this the volunteer teams have seven boats of level B, which are located in Cartagena, Cabo de Palos, Lo Pagan, Mazarron, San Pedro del Pinatar and Aguilas.