A 45-year-old bather died just after 1pm this afternoon at Playa de La Tejita in El Médano. Emergency services were called out with reports that a man had been pulled from the water after suffering a heart attack and that lifeguards were attempting to resuscitate him. Sadly, despite the arrival of an SUC helicopter, paramedics were unable to do anything for him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.READ MORE

Emergency services are currently searching for a windsurfer who has disappeared from the Arico coast. The search was activated at 13.21pm. I’ll post more information as and when it becomes available.READ MORE

I’ve been sent today a link for the online version of the Place in the Sun magazine, which contains the promised article on illegal letting. Hopefully THIS link will work – it’s pages 40-43. (If the link doesn’t work, please email me and I’ll forward it).READ MORE

A 30-year-old diver said to be a foreigner in Spain died just after 1.30 this afternoon at Playa de las Vistas in Los Cristianos. Emergency services were called out with reports that he had been pulled unconscious from the water and that a beach lifeguard was trying to resuscitate him. Paramedics took up resuscitation attempts but tragically they were unable to do anything for the poor man and he was sadly declared dead at the scene.READ MORE

Update 19 July: And now I don’t have a hope of replying to everyone personally. Thank you all so much. I’m really overwhelmed by the response and hope this will do as an expression of real gratitude to everyone. Simply thank you. Original post 18 July: I’ve tried to reply to everyone personally but I’ve had so many emails that I might have missed some and that would be awful. THANK YOU to everyone who has contacted me to offer us comfort, help, transport, accommodation, and anything else we might need. We’ve been contacted by people I don’t even know personally. At present, there’s noREAD MORE

A 67-year-old man died at 10.15 this morning after his car plunged into the Dársena Pesquera in Santa Cruz. Police divers were on scene immediately to try to establish if anyone was in the car, and sadly, the poor man was. He is said to have died of a heart attack. The “major incident” to recover his body and the vehicle involved bomberos, police divers, paramedics, the ports authority, Santa Cruz, Policía Local, lifeboats, Guardia Civil and National Police.  READ MORE