The young woman is brought back onto the shore in Marbella. / SUR

Street hawkers help in rescue of girl at risk of drowning off Marbella beach

  • Two men drowned during a week when several red flags went ignored and strong winds made conditions difficult for bathers

Red flags on practically the entirety of the Malaga coast due to strong winds on Tuesday didn't perturb some beach users from risking their own lives as well as those of the individuals who tried to rescue them.

The most dramatic incident occurred on La Venus beach in Marbella at 9pm after the lifeguard service had ended. Two Senegalese street hawkers jumped into the water to help save a girl from drowning after her boyfriend unsuccessfully tried to rescue her, as well as several other people on the beach at the time.

José Lacalle, a federated waterpolo player and youth champion in sea rescue, was one of those who answered the call for help. He swam out to where the girl was, around 200 metres from the shore, and was able to stabilise her and calm her down. However, even for an expert swimmer, it proved "very hard" to get her out of the water. It was at this point that Fallou Mbalo and one of his friends jumped in and completed the rescue.

Once on the shore and after several chest compressions, the girl quickly started to recover.

Torremolinos tragedy

A 50-year-old man in Torremolinos wasn't so lucky. He was rescued from the water on Carihuela beach at around 2pm but despite carrying out CPR, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Elsewhere, in Malaga a beach monitor saved a six-year-old boy and his mother from a whirlpool while, in Marbella, a young woman was in an accident while driving a jet ski, about two miles off the coast. Other riders were able to bring her back to the pier where she fainted and required medical attention.

The following day was also eventful but ended in tragedy for one man on La Rada beach in Estepona. The 57-year-old came into trouble and was rescued by a lifeguard and a family member. However, they could do nothing to save his life.