Just as road users are now conscious of the extreme danger of driving after consumed alcoholic beverages, the Spanish Life-Saving Federation (RFESS) says that same awareness must be created among sunseekers.
Although children are most vulnerable to too much water in pools and the sea, statistically, most victims are adults, states the RFESS. Exactly one-third of these who drown are pensioners, based on Safety and Prevention Commission Co-ordinator Jé ssica Pino.
“ Age-related physical problems, like reduction in mobility, heart conditions as well as the greater risk of heart episodes that come with age are among the major risks, ” she stressed.
“ The middle-aged as well as the elderly are not conscious that their particular abilities, response times and mobility are usually gradually reducing. Add to this the lack of first-aid knowledge in Spain, and the risk is definitely higher. ”
CPR, mouth-to-mouth and other basic first aid abilities are not taught in Spanish educational institutions, habitually, and the RFESS wants to notice this changed.
“ We’ re always putting almost all our efforts into preventing incidents in the water involving children, yet pensioners also need our help, ” said Jé ssica. “ Incidents involving the middle-aged and elderly are usually completely preventable. ”
But she revealed that the major cause of drowning in the 30-45 age bracket was alcohol. “ Chiringuitos, that are temporary beach kiosks, set up just for summer, are normally very close by whenever someone gets into trouble in the ocean, ” she said. “ We have to start setting up non-alcohol beaches.
“ Alcohol on the seaside also has another side-effect because youngsters are, effectively, left unattended when their own parents drink, which increases their very own risk of drowning. ”
And the Safety Co-ordinator feels that no one should go bathing only. “ Many accidents in the ocean could have been prevented, had people already been accompanied, ” she stressed.
Her accident prevention recommendation for sunbathers includes watching to rip-tides, being careful with Lilos and
body-boards, not really jumping off rocks or coves unless you know exactly what is on the ocean bed, and always obeying lifeguards’ instructions and warning flags.
A green flag indicates bathing is safe; a yellow a single indicates that precaution is necessary, plus strong swimmers only should go outside of the very shallowest waters. The red light means that entering the sea is prohibited, often on pain of a good, up to € 1, 500.
Lifeguards are not obliged in order to enter the sea if someone enters trouble after ignoring a red light. But , in practice, human instinct gets control and they usually do, which means they may be endangering their own lives.
If hazardous waves and the danger of hefty fines are not sufficient to deter people from baths when a red flag is flying, they must be aware that these are also hoisted whenever there are large quantities of jellyfish, or even raw sewage, in the drinking water.
The Red Combination has begun an awareness campaign along all of Spanish coasts this summer, to include free of charge first-aid workshops that cover CPR, mouth-to-mouth, the recovery position, airway-breathing-circulation drills, and all other techniques which could save a life.
Also, advice on avoiding accidents is going to be given, and a rescue simulation performed with instructions on what to do in case people witness an emergency.
Life-saving courses, staged at pools and on beaches, normally teach individuals how to rescue someone if they choose to jump in to assist. But that needs to be a last resort, because they should notify a lifeguard.
The particular photograph shows a simulated recovery demonstration, with a woman acting since volunteer on a beach in Cartagena, Murcia. It was taken by Cartagena City Council, which organised the advertising campaign.