At 13:29 on the afternoon of Friday 12 May an alert was received at the 112 Emergency and Security Coordinating Centre (CECOES) run by the Government of the Canary Islands, reporting that a bather had been seen calling for help out at sea, not far from the lighthouse in Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria.
1-1-2 immediately deployed emergency resources and a search and rescue operation was activated with co-operation from a GES rescue helicopter, an advanced life support ambulance from the SUC Canary Emergency Service, a HELIMER marine rescue helicopter, Red Cross beach and boat services, Policia Local, Policia Nacional, and Guardia Civil Special Underwater group GEAS
After an intense search the missing man was located at about 17:20 by a Red Cross boat who transferred him to shore, where they began cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers on the victim who was in a cardio-respiratory arrest; unfortunately the 27 year old British man was confirmed dead at the scene.
This was a perfectly preventable tragedy. Reports say that red flags were clearly displayed along this section of coast, and so we must assume that the unfortunate victim chose to ignore the warnings. DO NOT GO SWIMMING WHEN RED FLAGS ARE FLYING.