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Plan Copla personnel carried out more than 11,340 assistances on the Region’s beaches in the first month of surveillance.

This is 33 per cent less than in the same period in 2021, and 65 per cent of these were for information.
This is 33 per cent less than in the same period in 2021, and 65 per cent of these were for information.

The number of assistances carried out in the framework of the Plan of Surveillance and Rescue in Beaches and Rescue in the Sea (Plan Copla) from the 1st of July until the 28th, amounted to 11,340 assistances, according to the Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment and Emergencies councillor, Antonio Luengo, informed today.

Of these, 7,367 (65 percent) were information and assistance to disabled people, 3,643 were cures and first aid and only 325 were rescues (71 of them of people). In this first month of operations, three people have died while bathing: one in Los Nietos (Cartagena), another in Santiago de la Ribera and the last one in La Manga.

The number of assistances in 2022 is significantly lower than last year, as in 2021, between 1 and 28 July, the lifeguards of the Plan Copla carried out 17,149 assistances, of which 12,048 were information and assistance to the disabled, 4,743 cures and first aid and 348 rescues (71 people). Thus, assistance on the beach decreased by 33.87% in July compared to the same period last year.

Raising awareness of the risk of heat stroke

Antonio Luengo made this assessment on the Barnuevo beach in Santiago de la Ribera (San Javier), where an initiative has been carried out to raise awareness among holidaymakers to take precautions in the high temperatures to avoid suffering heat stroke on the beach. Specifically, 2,000 bottles of water and caps with the single emergency telephone number 1-1-2 printed on them were handed out to bathers.

Since the start of the operation, three people have drowned while bathing.
Since the start of the operation, three people have drowned while bathing.

The councillor stressed that, given the high temperatures and the risk of sunstroke, “it is necessary to hydrate by drinking water, protect the skin with cream, cover the head and wear sunglasses, taking care especially of the most vulnerable, such as the elderly and young children”.

Plan Copla 2022

The Copla 2022 Plan has a total of 310 people (including lifeguards, boat skippers, health technicians, drivers and coordinators) to monitor the autonomous community’s bathing areas, which are distributed among 81 beaches in the eight coastal municipalities (125 monitoring points) and six river beaches in inland municipalities (Abarán, Archena, Bullas, Calasparra, Mula and Lorca).

The budget allocated this year is 829,633 euros, of which 632,633 are subsidies to the coastal councils for the maritime beaches, 25,000 to subsidise the surveillance of inland bathing areas, 137,000 for the Red Cross for its boats and personnel dedicated to maritime rescue, and 35,000 for Los Alcázares for its rescue boat.

The personnel have 13 beach rescue boats, 13 water rescue motorbikes, 29 rescue canoes, 13 all-terrain vehicles, six support vehicles and eight quads, as well as five rapid intervention vehicles and five ambulances to carry out their duties.


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