Dramatic helicopter rescue in the south of Tenerife

  • CECOES .
  • 07-02-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: 112 Canarias
Dramatic helicopter rescue in the south of Tenerife

In a daring rescue operation on Tuesday, personnel aboard an Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) helicopter, saved a woman who was swept away by a wave, and a man who had jumped into the water to try and help her in San Juan, on the southwest coast of Tenerife.

The incident occurred around 11:10 am yesterday at Charco de la Laja when a 50-year-old woman fell into the sea, and a 53-year-old man attempted to rescue her.

Onlookers at the scene threw two lifebuoys into the water, which helped them stay afloat in the choppy conditions, and called the emergency services who dispatched the necessary resources including the helicopter with medical personnel on board.

When they arrived at the location given, the crew airlifted both of them onto the aircraft so that they could be assessed. The woman was showing symptoms of moderate drowning and hypothermia, with medical complications, and the man also had symptoms of mild hypothermia.

Due to this, both of them were flown to the La Guancha helipad where an ambulance was waiting to take them to the Hospital del Norte for further treatment.