Russian swimmer lucky to be alive after being swept out to sea by wave in Puerto Santiago rock pool

A 50-year-old Russian is lucky to be alive after he was swept out of the natural rock pools near Puerto Santiago in which he was bathing. Emergency Services and water safety agencies say that the rapid intervention of lifeguards and emergency services resulted in him being rescued before he drowned, and he was transfered to a medical centre for treatment. Evidently he suffered considerable cuts and bruises but is alive.

The incident comes only days after Emergency Services had to risk their lives to save three canoeists who were being swept by rough seas against the Los Gigantes cliffs (see HERE). To say they are fed up with people ignoring alerts and warnings, and even the evidence of their own eyes, to risk not just their own lives but those of rescuers too, is to put it mildly. They are furious and say that charges are imposed on the reckless (see HERE), and remind the public of the official advice on staying safe in Tenerife’s waters (see HERE).


  1. If the authorities are that furious then why did they remove the gate? Eh?

    There used to be a tall lockable gate and according to Tourist Information the Policia Local had the key. The gate disappeared a while back. So good luck trying to fine anyone.

    I was in that pool 2 – 3 times a week for a year with no problems but my rule was that i’d sit for 10 mins. and watch the waves then decide if it was safe as i’m not a strong swimmer.

    11th. November I was doing just that and was preparing to leave having decided that it not safe. I was vaguely aware of a couple in the pool. A massive wave came in and when I looked up, they were gone. I walked up the first flight of steps and looked down to see the bloke hanging onto the rocks but no sign of the woman. She had ended up on the far side of the inlet. The rescue services were magnificent. The inshore rescue boat was there in no time and with the helicopter standing by they pulled her from the water. It was not a nice thing to witness.

    But to the ‘furious’ authorities the question stands, ‘where is the gate?’

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      we’re talking different authorities. I’m talking about Emergency Services, esp the Coastguard. The safety infrastructure is for the local council … which doesn’t appear to have learnt from the fatal collapse of Los Gigantes cliffs several years ago, when two women died. The 112 control room can’t do anything about Santiago del Teide’s access to the rock pool.

  2. One problem is that the natural pools are advertised on trip advisor with the remark ‘even more fun when the sea is a bit rough’.

  3. I agree with the above and see similar acts of stupidity frequently.

    It’s quite negligent of the authorities to allow access, there are even signposts to encourage people there.

  4. It’s quite unbelivable what you see at that pool, which in my opinion should be closed off completely during Winter months (it often is but there are ways around to gain access).
    Last week I witnessed a family standing on the sea wall of the pool facing inwards and having their photos taken every time a wave washed them into the pool.

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