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Heroic National Police officers save a man from drowning on a beach in Estepona

Eyewitnesses called the police to the beach when they spotted the man in diffuclties.
Eyewitnesses called the police to the beach when they spotted the man in diffuclties. / SUR
  • The exhausted man was carried 200 metres away from the shore by strong currents and the officers had to dive underwater several times to rescue him

Officers from Spain's National Police force saved the life of a man in Estepona after he got into difficulties and was carried some 200 metres away from the shore by strong currents.

The incident happened last Friday, 6 August, on the Andalucía Beach in the Costa del Sol town when, at around 5.30pm, several eyewitnesses called the emergency services to say that there was a man drowning.

After quickly evaluating the situation, and given that the man showed obvious signs of exhaustion, the National Police officers did not hesitate to jump into the sea and swim to the man with a buoyancy aid that was later used to tow him to shore.

Once they reached the place where the man was last spotted, the officers lost sight of the exhausted bather, as he had sunk below the surface of the sea. After several dives they managed to get him afloat although the state of the sea seriously hampered the return to land. Some 50 metres from the shore, another team of National Police officers also went into the sea to support the rescue.

Once on the shore, all were evaluated by health workers, who found that all were fine apart from suffering from fatigue. And the 57-year-old Romanian man, who had been swept out to sea, thanked the officers for saving his life.