Training comes to the rescue
THE beach of El Rodeito of San Pedro Alcantara has been the scene of a simulated boat accident and aquatic rescue operation organised by Marbella council.
More than 20 trained personnel participated, including members of the local police, fire brigade, civil protection service, and the beach lifeguard and rescue service.
A trial emergency situation started with three crew members on a damaged ship in the sea who had to be rescued, and one of them was missing.
A ship was sent out with a skipper and three divers, as well as two jet skis four lifeguards and a land-sea communication manager.
The company Aquatic Media also set up a boat, skipper and six lifeguards.
Councillor for Beaches and Environment, Manuel Cardeña, explained that the drill was to “assess the response times and levels of all our beach services, and to check the coordination between the different organisations.
“We also want to meet our audit objective so that the beaches obtain the Q quality certificate.”
The council is keen to ensure that security meets the highest standards, and has been working for several months to provide alternative means for rescue in the event of an incident.