Adeje celebrates blue flags and beach safety

2020/07/24 22:19:18 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, today presented 100 new life-saving units, a handy smart and reusable portable lifebuoy, which inflates 4 seconds after it hits the water, to members of sea rescue and emergency teams. 

The council also raised both the blue flags on Adeje beaches, which are given to beaches which meet the highest standards of cleanliness, safety, and water quality, among other things.

Present at the events with the mayor were the councillors for Tourism, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, for security Mercedes Vargas Delagado, and for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

“The Blue Flag is an important accreditation and more in these complicated days we are living through, as it signifies that the authorities are overseeing and caring for their beaches, and offering a public service as well, with special Covid-19 measures in place”, said the mayor. 

“It is a good time to send a message that we are a safe destination, that our beaches are safe and that we are working to make sure they are also nice places to visit”. 

Regarding the tourism sector, he said it was recovering well; “right now we have about 20 hotels that are open and we hope the trend continues over the coming months. The hotel beds are in demand, our image abroad is a good one and we have to maintain that, as this has a direct impact on our economic health. There are things we cannot control, but right now the trends are positive”.

Although the Blue Flags were actually awarded a few weeks ago, to the Torviscas and El Duque beaches, for a number of scheduling reasons the actual symbolic raising of the flag in the presence of local authorities, could only take place today, with representatives of those managing the beaches in question also present.

Following the raising of the flags, the authorities went to La Caleta where the mayor presented the newly acquired OneUP units to the local police, the civil protection unit, lifeguards and the volunteer fire brigade.

“We are increasing our resources both in increased personnel and materials.  We are interested in new tools that will help us save lives.  On this occasion we are talking about a unit that has been designed and made in the Canary Islands”. 

The mayor also gave a special mention for Adeje lifeguard Kevin Ramos who, outside of his working hours, went to the rescue of a boy in danger of drowning off the Callao Salvaje beach.  “And it’s not just Kevin, but all members of the forces who put their lives in danger to save others – there is a generosity of spirit there that we have to recognise and commend.”

Following the presentation the lifeguard representatives demonstrated how the new portable lifebuoy works with a simulated rescue alongside the La Caleta pier.

Automatic inflatable lifebuoys:
This is a Canarian product with an international patent, distributed by Náutica el Pris in Spain and the USA. 
The unit weight is only 370 grams, is 17cm long and can be thrown up to 40 metres, and offers floating security in pools or the sea, helping someone stay afloat until they can reach a boat or shore or be rescued. So it can be used by any member of the public but is also a terrific extra safety tool for lifeguards. 
The Red Cross and Maritime Rescue have now also been equipped with these lifebuoys.

According to Náutica el Pris “this is 20 times smaller than a conventional lifebuoy, in the past it was inconceivable that a police car could also carry one, even though they are often the first on the scene, but today they can have a few of these in the glove compartment.”