A 30-year-old angler died around 2.30 this afternoon after falling into the sea at a rocky part of the Icod de los Vinos coast at Buen Paso. A wide range of emergency services was scrambled, including a Salvamento Marítimo helicopter, ambulances, Policía Local, Guardia Civil, Protección Civil, and Bomberos, who dived into the water to pull him out. Tragically, however, all attempts to resuscitate him failed. C7READ MORE

Maybe it’s the desperation arising from the economic crisis … Santa Cruz Policía Local has recovered a dog which had been stolen from inside a dwelling and for which a ransom of €300 was demanded by a 22-year-old pregnant woman, identified by the initials C.Y.M.M. She has been charged with receiving and forced entry. The investigation had been initiated when a man informed police of the theft of his Yorkshire terrier. After putting up notices to try to recover his pet, he started receiving phone calls from individuals who claimed to know the dog’s whereabouts, and who demanded, initially, €200 for its return. The policeREAD MORE

To add to its new king penguins and the largest free flight aviary, Loro Parque has now announced the inauguration yesterday of a new otter installation, with two ash otters, Murphi and Khali being introduced to the public. The otters are 3 and 4 years old, and come from the Landau zoo in Germany. Both otters are getting used to their new environment, and are already rewarding visitors with their curiousity and play routines. Their environment has been specifically created to give these social mammals plenty to do and interact with. The otter installation was opened by the President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior,READ MORE

The President of the Canarian Government, Paulino Rivero, has said that the tourist sector lost around 25 million Euros a day while European airspace was closed. None the less, despite the most pessimistic expectations of the knock-on effect of the Icelandic volcano on Canarian tourism, Ashotel and the Tenerife Cabildo both think that the situation will not be as bad as initially feared. Things are expected to get back to normal over the course of the coming week, and future reservations from the UK and Germany are better than anticipated, with the forecast also much improved, according to the tour operators, because cancellations of forthcomingREAD MORE

In response to a parliamentary question, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Juan Ramón Hernández, has announced that the works for the new port at Fonsalía in Guía de Isora will be put out to tender at the end of 2011, finances permitting. Sr Hernández said that the project is already drawn up and the environmental impact study carried out, together with prior consultations. All the documentation wil be put into the public domain at the end of June this year. The new port will require the creation of a floating platform in the form of an “island” of 15.5 hectares to house basicREAD MORE

Update 20 April: Some 200,000 people are affected directly from coming into or leaving the Canaries, says José Fernando Cabrera, president of Ashotel, the Asociación Hotelera y Extrahotelera de Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera y El Hierro. The numbers are divided equally between those unable to leave and those who cannot arrive. The organization said that the issue was now causing “grave damage” to the tourist sector, a view acknowledged by the President of the Canaries, Paulino Rivero. The Tenerife Cabildo’s tourism councillor, José Manuel Bermúdez, added that hotels have been asked to offer special prices to those who have no choice but to stayREAD MORE