Coastal safety scheme in Benitachell proves a success

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Coastal ordinance scheme proves a success
PAY THE PRICE: Visitors found infringing the rules are fined Photo credit YouTube

A TOTAL of 947 interventions have been carried out at the cove this year, 453 less than the 1,400 carried out in the same period in 2016.

The majority of interventions attended to involved minor wounds, jellyfish stings and rescue operations – especially of disoriented hikers on the cliffs.

The council says that the decline is down to its coastal ordinance scheme that was put into place in March this year.

Benitachell’s coves see thousands of visitors each summer and the council considered it necessary to adopt a set of rules as part of the scheme to establish higher levels of safety.

The scheme prohibits jumping into the sea from the surrounding cliffs, rocks and any other place that poses a risk to the safety of people.

Councillor of Beaches Manolo Segarra said “the prohibition of the dangerous practice of jumping into the sea from the surrounding cliffs was a great decision.”

The coastal ordinance scheme imposes fines on visitors found infringing the rules and states that they should expect to pay approximately €750 for minor offences and up to €3,000 for more serious offences.

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