San Javier brings forward the surveillance of four beaches to the month of May with the aim of reaching November. Another two in Mazarrón and Cartagena will be incorporated on the first of June in order to generalise this service to all the beaches in the region from July onwards. This May, one person drowned in La Manga and up to seven drowned last year.
The councillor for Security of the San Javier Town Hall, Rubén Pérez, explains that this year they have brought forward the beach surveillance to provide an extra service to all visitors.
In Águilas, six beaches will be manned by 16 lifeguards during all the weekends in June and the regional holiday, which this year falls on a Thursday.
Barnuevo beach in Santiago de la Ribera, Mistral beach on the Mar Menor in La Manga kilometre 13 and those of Banco del Tabal Sur and Ensenada del Esparto Sur are the beaches with a lifeguard post.
In one of them, at Barnuevo beach in La Ribera, many people could be seen today with this extra vigilance. Rubén Pérez.
The lifeguard posts will be extended in the middle of June and in July they will be extended to all 19 beaches in the municipality of San Javier.
The councillor says that within the winter beaches project, the aim is to provide the service until November, without ruling out the possibility that if there is an influx, it will be maintained throughout the year.
This summer’s Plan Copla has not yet been approved, although the Autonomous Community has renewed the maritime rescue actions with the Red Cross. The humanitarian institution will have a budget of 171,000 euros to deal with emergencies arising within the Copla Plan.