Kept safe by the Red Cross of the Costa Blanca

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PROTECTING: Lifesavers rescued 242 swimmers this summer (File image). Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons / Ein Dahmer

WITH the start of September signalling the formal end of the traditional high summer season on the Costa Blanca and the exodus of Spanish tourists, figures have been released on the beach activities of the Spanish Red Cross.

Across the Alicante Province, they have operated on 26 beaches with more than 100 people being deployed each day to keep watch over the safety of many thousands of people.

Close to 12,000 incidents of all levels needed the attention of the Red Cross, ranging from minor injuries, jellyfish stings, sunstroke, and to those who developed complications from existing illnesses.

The data revealed that 242 required rescuing from the sea with symptoms of drowning, with 109 of those taken by the Red Cross ambulances to hospital.

In addition, the Red Cross team have also helped reunite missing children with their parents and guardians as well as aiding people with disabilities to enjoy the beach facilities.

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