A 70-year-old German swimmer drowned just before lunchtime today at Playa de la Arena, Santiago del Teide. The emergency services were called by the beach’s lifeguards who had pulled him out of the water in cardiac arrest. Despite their efforts at resuscitation, when the paramedics arrived they could do nothing for him, and confirmed his death at the scene. Cardiac arrest is a recognized symptom of cold water shock. For medical purposes, the waters in Tenerife are technically cold even in summer, let alone in February. In addition, right now there is a government alert for rough seas. Please take extreme care in the sea, and also see my page HERE on how to stay safe in Tenerife waters.

 

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