A windsurfer died this afternoon after suffering a heart attack at Playa de El Médano, Granadilla de Abona. Emergency services received calls just after half past four about the 64-year-old man, who had been pulled out of the water by fellow surfers. Protección Civil undertook initial resuscitation, which was then taken up by paramedics, but all efforts were fruitless and the poor man was declared dead at the scene.

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  1. There are alot of stories circulating on this, including one which indicates that the rescue services were called but did not respond, leaving the man to be brought ashore by local boaties.

    The initial CPR was definitely done by a civilian (a UK doctor here on holiday) so I know for sure that emergency services were not on hand when he was brought ashore.

    It would be good to know the official line on what took place.

  2. The trouble is that there are always rumours. I only post from official sources. So the “official line” is as I posted – that it was Protección Civil who undertook initial CPR, which was taken up by paramedics from two ambulances. Here is the 112 report verbatim:

    “Fallece un surfista tras sufrir una parada cardiorrespiratoria en Tenerife

    20-11-2014 … 18:27
    Lugar, día y hora del incidente:
    Playa de El Médano, municipio de Granadilla de Abona

    20/11/2014

    16:38 horas

    Valoración de los afectados proporcionada por el SUC:
    – Varón de 64 años de edad fallecido.

    Servicios intervinientes activados por el CECOES 1-1-2:
    – Servicio de Urgencias Canario (SUC): una ambulancia medicalizada y otra sanitarizada.

    – Policía Local.

    – Guardia Civil.

    Observaciones:
    – A la hora arriba indicada, el Centro Coordinador de Emergencias y Seguridad (CECOES) 1-1-2 del Gobierno de Canarias recibía una alerta en la que se informaba que efectivos de Protección Civil habían sacado del agua a un surfista que podía estar en parada cardiorrespiratoria.

    – El 1-1-2 activó de inmediato los recursos de emergencia necesarios.

    – Mientras llegaban los recursos sanitarios, los efectivos de Protección Civil le realizaron maniobras de reanimación cardiopulmonar básica.

    – Al llegar al lugar, el personal sanitario del SUC comprobó que el afectado se encontraba en parada cardiorrespiratoria y le realizaron maniobras de reanimación cardiopulmonar avanzadas sin éxito confirmando su fallecimiento.

    – La Guardia Civil instruyó las diligencias correspondientes.

    – La Policía Local colaboró con los recursos de emergencias.”

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