VIDEO: Beach closed due to a ‘large’ shark near the shore in the Canary Islands


  • Canarian Weekly
  • 16-06-2024
  • Gran Canaria
  • Photo Credit: Mi Barrio El Tuyo La Isleta
  • Video Credit: Mi Barrio El Tuyo La Isleta
VIDEO: Beach closed due to a ‘large’ shark near the shore in the Canary Islands

The local authorities in Telde, in collaboration with Proactiva, the company responsible for beach surveillance and lifeguard services, have deployed drones this morning (Sunday) to search for a shark spotted near the shore of Melenara Beach in Gran Canaria which was closed yesterday afternoon to swimmers.

The popular beach on the east coast of the island was closed after lifeguards reported seeing a “large” shark in the water. The alert was received by emergency services at around 5:00pm, prompting an immediate search operation using jet skis, which did not yield any results.

A spokesperson for the Telde Local Police informed EFE this morning that the beach was still closed and that swimming was prohibited. They confirmed that the decision to reopen it will be determined based on the findings of this aerial search.

The use of drones represents a new modern approach to ensuring beach safety, providing a birds eye view that can help locate potential threats more effectively than traditional methods. Authorities are hopeful that this measure will ensure the safety of beachgoers while allowing for a timely reopening.

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