SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 14. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The nine-year-old girl of German nationality who was admitted in critical condition to the La Candelaria Hospital (Tenerife) after being rescued by the Civil Guard in the Hermigua natural pool this Sunday has died, sources from the Government of the Canary Islands and the the platform .Canarias 1500 Km of Coast’.
His 56-year-old father lost his life in the same place after being swept away by a wave.
The area of El Pescante is closed due to the danger of landslides, so when the emergency warning was activated, the Civil Guard patrol that intervened in the rescue ran approximately 500 meters from the access area to the swimming pool. natural.
Once they arrived at the place, they verified that the father and daughter are inside the natural pool, so one of the agents jumps into the sea and swims about sixty meters to the minor.
After several attempts to get her out of the pool and due to poor sea conditions, she decides to wait until conditions improve, keeping the minor’s head out of the water, and together with the other agent who is on the rocks, they managed to get her out of the water.
Once out of the water and in a safer area, away from the waves, they performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the girl, getting her to expel water through her nose and mouth and showing vital signs.
When the ambulance arrived, it was decided to transfer her to the Candelaria Hospital and minutes later the Maritime Rescue helicopter proceeded to rescue the body of the minor’s father.
The platform also reports that this Sunday there was another death by drowning on the Tenerife coast of Adeje, an event that, in principle, was classified as “accidental swimmer with minor injuries.”
Therefore, the balance of deaths by drowning registered this weekend on the Canary coasts rises to six deaths plus five more injured of different considerations with what has been the most tragic weekend of deaths by drowning that occurred in the archipelago in the last fifteen years.
In all cases, recklessness has been the common denominator, since bathers had entered the water when strong waves, currents and wind were evident, in the midst of an alert activated by the Government of the Canary Islands due to a coastal phenomenon adverse, with waves of up to five meters.
THE NATURAL SWIMMING POOLS, “DEADLY TRAPS”
Precisely, in 80% of the aquatic accidents that end in death, the bather had entered the water with an evident bad state of the sea and this is the first cause of death by submersion in the whole world.
“For the most part, the fatalities involved in the incidents last weekend were foreigners, at least in three of the fatal episodes,” he added, while stressing that “the Canary coasts are not dangerous.”
The scenes of the fatal incidents that occurred last weekend were on the islands of El Hierro (1 deceased), Tenerife (2 deceased), Fuerteventura (1 deceased) and La Gomera (2 deceased). Gran Canaria recorded a swimmer who suffered moderate injuries.
Another of the common factors has been the environment where the accidents occurred: natural pools and rocky coastline areas. “They become real death traps for bathers unaware of the behavior of the currents in these spaces,” says Sebastián Quintana.
The expert reveals that the statistics prepared by the platform show that “the balance of the last three months counted in natural pools, puddles and pools is five people dead, one critical and two more injured, three of these located on the island of El Iron”.