Photo: Parque Nacional Teide. Updated 18 January: As forecast, the seas are wild at the moment, with La Orotava Ayuntamiento closing access to the municipality’s beaches for safety reasons. Elsewhere, waves are very rough, and a 28-year-old French swimmer was very lucky this lunchtime to get out of the water alive after he got into trouble in the sea outside the rock pool at Puerto Santiago. Thanks to a Policía Local officer who jumped into the water and helped the swimmer to avoid being swept into the rocks by the waves, he was able to survive until a lifeboat was able to rescue him andREAD MORE

FACT hopes that people will pull together to help 8-year-old Raúl who is suffering cancer. FACT stands for Fighting Against Cancer Tenerife, registered as a formal asociación and so a charity as we would understand the word (see HERE). The association is registered as Moira Dixon y Amigos Contra el Cancer with number G1/S1/23010-17/TF. Moira Dixon herself says that Raúl “has, and still is, having a terrible time with his battle against cáncer.  FACT have been supporting Raul and his mum and dad for these past few months but decided we wanted to do a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards helping them”. Moira says thatREAD MORE

Photo: Alicia Barquero Padrón. Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento has announced that this year’s Almendros en Flor will be a much bigger affair than usual. Now in its 21st year, the Almond Blossom Route, which starts on Friday next week, will offer a range of walks and activities, and be organized in collaboration with various council departments and the Cabildo itself. There will be family walks, walks “without boundaries”, gastronomic and touristic walks, as well as a Ruta Lovers and Ruta of Legends! The council has released six posters showing all the walks: click HERE for the first one and then scroll through them. Registration isREAD MORE

Updated 16 January: The works which required the TF5 to be closed overnight have been completed successfully, the Cabildo has said. The authority has released this video of the works as they progressed last night. Colocadas sin incidencias las dos vigas de más de 40 metros en la TF-5. ℹ️ https://t.co/uwZr0RaLSq. En este vídeo podrás ver cómo se llevó a cabo esta actuación 👉🏽 ▶️@carreterasTF @ofeliamanjon_c pic.twitter.com/tF4Z8fx1a4 — Cabildo de Tenerife (@CabildoTenerife) 16 January 2018 Original post 13 January: The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that part of the TF5 will be closed on Monday night for two 41m prefabricated beams which will span the walkway atREAD MORE

Seven dead and one in critical condition is the sad tally to one patera’s attempt to enter the Canaries. The large launch was spotted shortly before noon today on the Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, and five of the dead were found inside it; a sixth was found dead in the water and the seventh died despite attempts to resuscitate him when he was pulled ashore. The Guardia Civil, Salvamento Marítimo and the emergency services control room were involved in the recovery of the craft and its 27 occupants, all of them north African adult men. Four others of the number are in hospital, one in criticalREAD MORE

Updated 14 January: Two people drowned just after half past one this afternoon in the sea at La Charca de La Laja in San Juan de la Rambla. Emergency services say that search and rescue helicopters, lifeboats, bomberos, ambulance crew, Policía Local and Guardia Civil have all been involved in the operation, which saw two people also recovered and transferred to hospital. The incident apparently originated with one person in trouble, but three others entered the water attempting to save him: sadly, one of these died in the effort. Both dead men are said to have been Lithuanian. The two injured, a man and womanREAD MORE