Guardamar beach tragedy


A MARRIED Spanish couple of 39 and 48-years-old drowned off the coast of Guardamar on Wednesday morning.  It happened off the Playa Tossals, close to one of the banks of the River Segura and while the red flag was flying in the area due to the prevailing strong winds and sea currents.

The couple from Alguazas in Murcia were on holiday with their two children, aged 11 and 16 and a 14-year old, and staying at the nearby Marjal campsite between Guardamar and La Marina.  The children were taken into the care of social services whilst relatives were contacted to collect them after the ordeal.  It’s also not been reported whether the children were on the beach with their parents at the time they drowned.   The mayor of Alguazas, Blas Ruipérez, has confirmed the deceased couple were from his municipality and has taken the decision not to identify them at this stage.  He is also in the process of deciding if any official mourning will take place in the small town.

The tragedy unfolded on the beach around 10.00am but little is known as to what happened to the couple as, according the authorities members of the emergency services (SAMU) said that the couple had probably been dead for some time.

Guardamar’s mayor, José Luis Saez, explained that this part of the beach, favoured by naturists, doesn’t possess any of the usual monitoring lifeguards or associated rescue services.

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