Tragic four days as four more people drown in the sea
It was a tragic four days for the Canary Islands recently when four more people drowned in a terrible episode of misfortune.
A 21-year-old German man was swept into the sea whilst he was walking along rocks near the capital of Santa Cruz.
The tragedy happened in the area between the beaches of Las Teresitas and Las Gaviotas.
It is understood the victim was trying to jump over a gap in the rocks when he fell into the water and was swept away. Rescue workers took two days to recover his body because of the dangerous terrain and conditions.
His friend was found unharmed by the Red Cross.
Just the day before, horri-fied sunbathers pulled the body of a 50-year-old man from the sea in the quieter tourist resort of Las Galletas in the south of Tenerife.
He was spotted floating in the water just after 7pm but there was nothing emergency medics could do to save his life. He is believed to be from Uruaguay but lived locally.
Another man drowned the evening before whilst swimming off the beach of Almáciga in Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital.
He was also rescued by fellow bathers who started resuscitation before the arrival of the rescue services. However, he was declared dead at the scene after repeated attempts to revive him failed.
And another man also drowned, this in time in Lanzarote, when he was swimming in a natural pool in Charco del Palo in the municipality of Haria.
Another person was slightly injured when he tried to save the man, aged 50, who was from Belgium. The 36-year-old was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises.
Police believe the victim, who had only arrived on holiday the day before, was swept on to rocks by a huge wave whilst bathing.
The four drownings follow an incident in Tenerife when a 60-year-old woman died, together with a 35-year-old man who tried to save her, after she too was washed into the sea by a freak wave. An Italian man also fell into the ocean but managed to get out.
The Canary Islands have always been considered a safe place to swim but the emergency services say warnings have to be heeded and even if no restrictions are in place, anyone visiting the coast is advised to take very special care. In windy and rough conditions, huge waves and strong currents can strike at any time.