Costa locals call for extended beach cover

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DEMANDS: Islas Menor, where there is no longer any lifeguards (File image) Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

FOLLOWING the death of an 80-year-old man on Monday after suffering from a cardiac arrest on a beach, people have been demanding more lifeguards during September.

Since the start of the month the beaches of Islas Menor (where the death occurred), Cala Reona, Los Urrutias, Los Nietos, Playa Honda and the local caravan site have been left without any surveillance posts.

A total of 14 lifeguard posts closed at the weekend on Monteblanco, Cala Reona, Cuartel de La Azohia, Isla Plana, Punta Brava, Los Urrutias, Los Nietos, Caravaning Villas, Playa Honda, Playa Paraíso, Puerto Bello, La Gola, and both the Levante and Poniente of the Islas Menor.  However, 12 further areas on Galua, Sirenas, Entremares, Levante beach of Cabo de Palos, Calblanque, Cala Cortina, Portus, Mar de Cristal, Cala del Pino and San Gines beach (La Azohía) and Zeus will still have coverage until the end of the month.

Ambumar, the company that has the beach contract, charges €789,210 per annum to run the service which it has for one more year, and with an option for an extension of two further years.

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