Mijas councillor for beaches, Josele González, announced that the town will also increase its lifeguard service, for the second year in a row, by offering a team of 76 lifeguards. This will be the highest number in the province, ensuring Mijas' beaches are “the safest” in the whole province.
González explained during a presentation by the Rescue and First Aid service that the aim is to “increase the safety of Mijas' beaches during the height of tourist season”. He added that at least 50 of the people will be deployed at any one time. “For another year we are increasing the safety of Mijas' beaches by providing a large body of lifeguards to patrol all 14 kilometres of the Mijas coastline,” he said. In this way, he stressed, “we place our town, once again, at the head of the province in terms of providing this much-needed service on the beaches”.
Councillors from Vélez-Málaga have also announced that lifeguarding will be extended until 30 September along the 22 kilometres of coastline that are already being patrolled. The service will be provided by 43 staff, including lifeguards, nurses, boat owners, sailors, sign language interpreters, medical staff, a coordinator and a supervisor.
From 15 June to 15 September, the lifeguard service will begin at 10am. The service will be provided by a team that will be available across the local area and have direct lines of communication with the 112 emergency services.
In June and September the team will consist of 18 staff, and in the peak months of July and August, 31.