Red Cross life guards saved five German bathers from drowning off the south coast of Gran Canaria, one of them was in cardiorespiratory arrest. Among the injured is a 12-year-old girl, who was evacuated to a nearby health centre suffering from severe anxiety crisis
The five bathers were close to losing their lives on Thursday afternoon when they were swept out to sea by the strong currents along that stretch of San Agustin beach. The dramatic intervention of the Red Cross avoided what was likely to become a tragedy.
One of the bathers, an adult, suffered cardiorespiratory arrest while drowning and his condition is serious. Another is a 12-year-old girl who suffered mild injuries, mainly caused by severe anxiety crisis.
The events took place around 1.30 pm on Thursday afternoon, when a group of swimmers in the area known as Playa del Pirata, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, were dragged towards the point of Morro Besudo by strong currents, a point of the shoreline with rugged rocky terrain.
The lifeguard’s board used to save the child became the salvation of all, as they clung to it until the arrival of more Red Cross members who risked their own lives in dangerous maritime conditions. After being evacuated to the shore, the bathers displayed evident symptoms of exhaustion and shock, having remained 20 minutes in the water, with strong waves that are fairly usual for the area.
The seriously ill victim is a 37-year-old German woman, who at the initial time of care was in cardiac arrest and was stabilised, while being evacuated by ambulance to the Gran Canaria Insular University Hospital.
The Spanish Red Cross First Aid Service, as well as two doctors who were on the beach in San Agustin were all involved in the rescue efforts, along with two ambulances from the SUC Canarian Emergency Service being activated, A GES rescue helicopter, Maritime Rescue, Local Police, National Police and Civil Guard.