A weekend of near fatalities and lucky escapes in Tenerife

This weekend has been one of near fatalities in Tenerife, including a five-year-old child who was pulled unconscious from the swimming pool of a Playa de Las Américas hotel after nearly drowning. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before 4pm yesterday with reports that the child was in critical condition at the poolside and was being given CPR by lifeguards. Paramedics took up the resuscitation attempts and thankfully brought him round, stabilizing him and transferring him to Hospiten Sur where his condition is said to be serious, but stable.

Not much later, a 60-year-old man suffered a heart attack in the San Miguel cemetery. Emergency services say that they were called out just after 6.30pm with reports that the man had collapsed, and that paramedics resuscitated him by defibrilator, stabilizing him at the scene and transferring him to Candelaria Hospital. His condition too is said to be serious, but stable.

There have also been several car accidents, though thankfully none caused serious injuries. In one, a collision on the notorious El Sauzal curve on the TF5 resulted in no worse than a 25-year-old woman with shoulder injuries, and in an accident on the TF1 near Abades a car overturned leaving two occupants with minor injuries. There was a lucky near-miss for three cyclists this afternoon near El Médano when police stopped a driver who nearly ran them over. The driver refused an alcohol and drugs test and had already had his licence taken off him; his passenger had passed out, and the back seat was littered with beer cans and bottles. Both are now in custody.

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