Unpaid lifeguards saving lives …

Unpaid lifeguards saving lives …

Update 8 December: Arona lifeguards have saved the life of an 8-month-old British baby who was suffering from heatstroke, with dehydration and breathing problems. They ask parents to take great care, even when it appears to be the cool season here, with small children because they can be affected suddenly and devastatingly. On this occasion, they were able to act quickly, and the baby will be fine.

Update 9 November: And another call for assistance resulted in immediate help from the lifeguards in Playa de las Vistas, even though they remain unpaid and seem abandoned at every official turn. This time, a 53-year-old Santa Cruz woman who fainted after suffering a severe fall in blood pressure. She was transferred to hospital for further examination.

Update 30 June: Again, the lifeguards have saved someone’s life at Playa de Las Vistas. This time, a 50 year old woman who was resuscitated just after 2pm this afternoon after suffering a heart attack. She is now in critical condition after being stabilized at the scene and transferred to Hospitén Sur. I think it will cross everyone’s mind that she was lucky this happened at the one Arona beach with a lifeguard service – even though the lifeguards are still waiting for payment after winning a Court judgment requiring the Ayuntamiento to give them the money they are entitled to – and which they deserve so very much.

Original post 22 April: A 70-year-old woman is in Hospitén Sur tonight in critical condition after nearly drowning at Los Cristianos beach. Fellow bathers pulled her unconscious from the water, and eyewitnesses say that the police had to drive to Playa de las Vistas, the beach with the only lifeguard service at present, to fetch a lifeguard who managed to resuscitate her. After being stabilized, she was transferred to Hospiten Sur (Green Hospital), where she remains in critical condition, but alive. Evidently all best wishes go to this woman for her recovery, but this could so easily have been a fatality, and shows how desperate the need is for these lifeguards to be able to work fully again …

2 Comments

  1. The following has been posted by Veronica, one of the Las Vistas lifeguards.

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    Please, call 010. Complain to the council, the tourist information service, Citizen Advice Service (SAC). WE DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO DIE. THIS IS THE FOURTH PERSON IN FIVE MONTHS THAT WE’VE SAVED, AND THAT’S WHILE WE’RE ON STRIKE. You could be next.

    WE HAVE NO EMERGENCY OR RESCUE VEHICLES BECAUSE THEIR PAPERS ARE NOT IN ORDER. WE DON’T HAVE DEFIBRILLATOR PATCHES NOR OXYGEN. THIS HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR MONTHS.

    We haven’t been paid for 9 months.

    Ask the council for a SOLUTION now. Please help us!

    We can do no more. We’ve issued denuncias. The tourism department has been informed, also the health service, Dept of Employment, inspectors, national police, Canarian Government, Security and Emergencies Board …

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    Por favor, llamen al 010. Pongan reclamaciones en el Ayuntamiento de.Arona. Oficina de Turismo, SAC.Servicio de atención al Ciudadano. NO QUEREMOS QUE MUERA NADIE.Y YA ES LA 4 PERSONA RN 5 MESES QUE SALVAMOS. ESTANDO E N HUELGA. Tú podrías ser el siguiente.

    NO TENEMOS VEHÍCULOS DE EMERGENCIAS, NI DE RESCATE PORQUE NO TIENEN LOS PAPELES EN REGLA. NO TENEMOS PARCHES DE DESFIBRILADOR NI.OXIGENO EN.OXIGENOTERAPIA.DESDE HACE MESES.

    Llevamos 9 Meses sin cobrar.

    Pidan SOLUCIÓN YA AL AYUNTAMIENTO DE ARONA. ¡¡Ayúdennos!!

    Nosotros no podemos hacer más. Tenemos denuncias puestas. TURISMO INFORMADO. SANIDAD INFORMADO. MINISTERIO DE TRABAJO INFORMADO. INSPECCIÓN INFORMADO.POLICÍA NACIONAL.INFORMADO. GOBIERNO DE CANARIAS INFORMADO.DIRECCIÓN GRL.SEGURIDAD Y EMERGENCIAS INFORMADO…

  2. We witnessed the heroic efforts of the lifeguards to revive the lady and fully support them in their action. they are a very necessary service on these beaches, ask anyone who witnessed this yesterday. We sincerely hope the lady makes a speady recovery. Well done to the lifeguards!!!

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