Three drownings in a day on Canarian beaches as heatwave continues

A 65-year-old swimmer died in the sea at Mesa del Mar, in the Tacoronte municipality of Tenerife, around 6pm today. Several fellow swimmers telephoned 112 to call emergency services, but despite the man being pulled out of the water and the attendance of emergency medical teams who attempted resuscitation, nothing could be done to help him. He was pronounced dead at the scene from cardiac arrest.

Earlier, around lunchtime, another swimmer, of 55 years of age, drowned in San Agustín, in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana municipality of Gran Canaria. Again, basic cardiopulmonary resuscutation was attempted, but nothing could be done to save the man’s life.

Also at lunchtime a woman almost drowned in the las Mujeres beach in the La Oliva municipality of Fuerteventura. Again there was cardiac arrest, but mercifully on this occasion resuscitation efforts were successful and the woman was transferred by helicopter to Hospital General de Fuerteventura, where she remains in grave condition.  Canarias24Horas

Residents, let alone visitors to the islands, often forget quite how hot it can get, and how easy it can be to get heatstroke. Shock can then set in when they go in the water. At present, the islands are experiencing an Indian summer, known here as el veranito de San Martín, and it is still very warm. Please take care on the beaches and in the water, and drink lots of water.

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