A 49-year-old man drowned at around 5.30 this afternoon in La Caleta’s Playa Diego Henrández, Adeje. Emergency services say that they were called out with reports that the man had been pulled out of the sea and appeared unresponsive, but paramedics found him in cardiac arrest and despite their efforts to resuscitate him, they could do nothing for him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
Yet again I’ll say that regardless of time of year, even at high summer, Tenerife’s waters are technically cold. Cold water shock can affect people even with water temperature of up to 25º, it’s not just freezing water that is dangerous, and the water around the Canaries’ doesn’t get above 24°C (75°F) even in August. Bathers can get into difficulties within five minutes.
To be specific about symptoms, normal body temperature is 98.6º; shivering begins when the body temperature lowers to approximately 96.5º; amnesia and coordination problems begin to set in at approximately 94º, unconsciousness at 86º, and death, normally from cardiac arrest, at approximately 79º … and 79º is 4º above our normal high season water temperatures! Please read my page HERE for information on all this and for recommendations on how to stay safe in waters around Tenerife.