The wind was blowing heavily in Spain over the weekend. Maritime rescue services carried out difficult rescue operations on Sunday. They rescued eight tourists from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean who had fallen into the ocean in various places in the Canary Islands.
The health condition of all the injured people is assessed as good, the Canary authorities told local media.
The most difficult operation of the services was carried out on Sunday at the beach in Punta de Galdar in Gran Canaria. There, strong waves carried the tourist deep into the ocean. After a quick rescue operation carried out far from the shore, the rescued woman was brought ashore by maritime rescue officers.
The tourist admitted that she fell into the water due to her “own negligence”. She specified that she was knocked over by one of the ocean waves at the moment when she was taking the photo. – I tried to grab onto the rocks, but the force of the water was so great that after a while I found myself far from the shore – said the 31-year-old woman in an interview with the “Canarias 7” daily. The tourist was taken to hospital with symptoms of hypothermia.
Rescue operations of the Canarian services
The regional newspaper “Canarias 7” reported that the Canarian services had to send a helicopter to the ocean twice on Sunday to fish out beachgoers carried away by the waves. Among those rescued was a 23-year-old man who could not get out of the water near Playa De Rojas beach in Tenerife.
According to sea rescue officers, numerous such cases are the result of tourists’ low awareness and recklessness. It was noted that all the injured people, except for a 61-year-old woman, were young people, most of whom were under 27 years of age.
Strong wind in Spain
There was strong wind in northern Spain over the weekend, including in the city of San Sebastian. Strong winds made the sea very rough.
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