The summer season has already begun in the 252 km of coastline of the province of Cadiz, the largest extension in Andalusia at a crossroads of seas and currents that makes some of its beaches especially dangerous. More than half a thousand professionals are dedicated to the task of rescue and health care throughout it. The main beaches will be equipped with defibrillators and aid stations with mobile ICUs. Who wants to enter more remote beaches will not find these services. Last year 15 people died on these beaches. A third occurred on beaches as endowed as Camposoto, La Barrosa or Valdelagrana.
In Chiclana, its two main beaches (La Barrosa and Sancti Petri) the Rescue staff is 27 people. In addition, there will be a mobile UVI, a first-aid post in Novo Sancti Petri and another on Sancti Petri beach.
The Councilor for Security of El Puerto, Angel M. Gonzalez, explains that in the specifications of the lifeguard and rescue service, he indicates to the company that it has to adapt to the regulations of the Board, so that the company has a defibrillator for the mobile ICU that is specifically to serve the beaches. The City Council complements it with another defibrillator that goes in the Civil Protection vehicle.
The beach of San Fernando de Camposoto has a surveillance and rescue operation with around thirty troops and that includes more than 20,000 hours of service for the season. But this complete operation was confined to the area delimited for the bathroom, despite the fact that many move away from this space towards Punta del Boqueron. The Civil Protection coordinator, Miguel Tellez, points out that one of the problems they encounter is that some swimmers do not respect the danger signs. “You raise the red flag that prohibits the bathroom but they ignore it,” he warns.
Barbate will have an emergency device coordinated by local Civil Protection personnel and in Zahara there will be two lifeguards on land and another two with a skipper on a boat. A zodiac Charlie 0, with a skipper and two lifeguards, will cover the entire municipal area. Each station will have a defibrillator.
In Conil, the City Council has arranged a lifeguard service that will be distributed along Los Bateles beach with a zodiac, three lifeguards, four Civil Protection volunteers and a nurse. There will be a defibrillator equipment in La Fontanilla, Roche and Los Bateles, in addition to a portable one.
Vejer has nine lifeguards, a coordinator and seven toilets who will be divided into four surveillance zones. The services are municipal with the hiring of an ambulance that has a fixed and a mobile defibrillator installed.
Chipiona has one of the largest deployments. Almost a hundred professionals will ensure the safety of its beaches, including aquatic rescue teams, lifeguards and nurses, in addition to Civil Protection volunteers. The City Council awards the services to three companies. The chipionera coast has five beaches with blue flags. All of them will have defibrillators, they will be cardioprotected beaches. However, Montijo beach will only be served by volunteers.
The beaches of Rota have beacons for the safety of bathers, athletes and boats. Civil Protection carries out prevention and rescue tasks with the support of “first-aid kit personnel.”
The Sanlucar City Council allocates almost 800,000 euros for coastal services. The aid station, in the Spa, will have a nurse and an ambulance equipped with a defibrillator. 20 people will participate in the rescue and salvage service.
In Cadiz, the service will be municipalized in the middle of the season. It is divided into five zones: three in La Victoria, one in Santa Maria del Mar and another in La Caleta, each one equipped with two lifeguards, a skipper and medical personnel with a defibrillator in each one. For Cortadura, the most dangerous beach, there is a somewhat different system with three distributed lookout turrets and centralizing the device in the Spa. In addition, other points have lifeguards dedicated to helping the disabled.
In Tarifa, with very scattered and potentially dangerous beaches, the City Council opts to train its own lifeguards after recognizing in past seasons that they needed more specialized personnel. This summer it will have 45 lifeguards.
The Socoservis company is the one that runs the rescue service and medical attention in La Linea and San Roque. Last year, from a lot of Levante, they had to carry out 52 rescues. In Algeciras, Acuaform drafted a rescue protocol and in collaboration with the lifeguard company Vigia 33, Getares was awarded the prize for the safest beach in recent years.

All that glitters is not blue, environmentalists raise black flags
Since 1999, Ecologists in Action has examined the beaches and, in contrast to the blue flags, awards black flags following environmental criteria and urban aggression. For this season it has placed fourteen of these flags, which in some cases, such as that of La Barrosa in Chiclana, which is considered an excessive urban impact that has buried its dune system, also have a blue flag. El Palmar, for its illegal housing, has also earned this distinction. Environmentalists are very critical of the blue flags and consider that Fuentebravia, which is a beach “in a process of disappearance with a disastrous regeneration of sand”, Roche, which has “a useless treatment plant”, and Torreguadiaro, which uses the treatment plant from Sotogrande,

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