Three of Marbella's beaches are to have equipment installed to enable members of the public to help save lives in an emergency at any time of year, even with no lifeguard on duty.
The devices, known as 'puntos naranjas' (orange points) for their high-visibility colour, consist of a harness linked to a rescue sling or float and tied to a cable some 400 metres long. The mechanism allows the person being saved and the rescuer to be winched in, saving time and energy.
The large orange boxes placed on the beach also automatically call emergency services once they are activated. They will be installed on La Venus, Cabopino and San Pedro beaches.
Some other Spanish beach resorts now also have the devices.