SWIMMERS using the popular beaches in Torrevieja have asked for the lifeguards to spend more time on duty.
Currently, the hours when the beaches are patrolled are between 11am and 7pm and will continue until the end of September. However, with the heatwave attracting even more people than usual to the sandy stretches the beaches are often full well before 11am and until sunset…currently around 8.30pm.
Such is the popularity this season that Torrevieja has started to fine people for putting up sunshades along the seashore to reserve their spaces, some as early as 7.30am.
The requests for the extension of lifeguard hours has in some way been prompted by several incidents this summer that took place before they came on duty and before the red flag had been raised to indicate dangerous sea conditions.
According to reports, Councillor Javier Manzanares, said that he would have liked to have seen an extra hour either side of the current cover but “that would’ve delayed the awarding of the contract.” He also said that his department received many complaints from those using the beach about the build up of seaweed and the dangers posed by some of the rocks out to sea, but so far nothing formal about the lack of lifeguard cover.