The province of holy cross of Tenerife almost doubles to the palms in recreational boat users served by Maritime Rescue between June and September 2022, according to data revealed in the national boating safety campaignwhich was presented yesterday at the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria for him Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma).
And it is that more than half of the emergencies managed by Maritime Rescue during the past year, 55%, have focused on helping recreational boating users. 5,200 people needed assistance in 2,000 interventions derived from accidents or incidents on the Spanish coasts, a slightly lower figure than in 2021, with 5,556 assisted in the 2,100 emergencies that occurred during the four summer months.
The figures, although lower than in previous years, are “important”, in the words of the general director of the Merchant Navy, Benito Nunez, and the director of Maritime Rescue, José Luis García Lena, because the recreational nautical sector concentrates 55% of these emergencies. It is followed with 21% by the rescues of boats and immigrants, while the rest is disputed by merchant ships, fishing boats and boats of that type.
For this reason the summer campaign, with the motto Respecting the rules, you will enjoy for sureis aimed at the recreational nautical sector, which has experienced an increase as a leisure activity since the pandemicboth in number of vessel registrations and qualifications, without forgetting nautical modalities such as motorcycles water, kayaks or windsurfing, which do not require an enabling title to exercise.
At the local level, by province, Salvamento Marítimo has rescued 86 recreational boaters in Las Palmas, as well as 17 practitioners of nautical activities and 50 boats, while in Tenerife these figures rise to 152, 48 and 37, respectively.
This reveals that emergencies in Tenerife far exceed Las Palmas in terms of the number of people treated in pleasure boats and nautical activitiesbut not in the total number of boats assisted, which is higher in the eastern province (50 compared to 37 interventions).
Given this panorama, with more and more users interested in enjoying the same maritime space, the authorities insist on the need to generate awareness of the rules and dangers of the sea to be able to enjoy it safely, especially given the rise of jet skis and other water activities for which a license is not required.
The Civil Guard Last summer, it processed more than 1,500 violations of jet skis, almost all due to insurance, navigation zones and periods, as well as 1,128 sanction proposals for sports and recreational boats related to the title, policy and certificate of navigability , Explain michael salomhead of the Maritime Police Unit of the Civil Guard.