Strong winds today have resulted in the red flag flying to prohibit bathing on several beaches along the Mediterranean coastline, with Cartagena the worst affected municipality due to the added complication of strong currents on some part of the coast.
Yellow is also flying on some beaches to warn bathers of the danger of entering the water, although does not prohibit bathing.
Yesterday 2 bathers died, one in Portmán and the other in the bay of Cala Arutro in Calblanque, in the beach of las Cañas, within the Cartagena municipality.
The first victim, aged 66, died at the beach of El Lastre in Portmán, after he was pulled unconscious from the water at 11:15 in the morning. The man appeared to have suffered a heart attack whilst in the water, and although the three lifeguards present attempted to revive him, he was declared dead upon the arrival of the ambulance.
The red flag was not actually flying, as it appears that the man had entered the water before the arrival of the duty lifeguards, who had not had chance to set the flags before the incident took place.
The second incident took place in Calblanque, when a 57-year-old suffered a heart attack on the beach.
Today in the Cartagena municipality red flags are flying on the beaches of Monteblanco, Galúa, Las Sirenas, Entremares and Zeus, all on the Mediterranean coastline of La Manga, whilst the playa de Levante in Cabo de Palos and in Calblanque are flying yellow.
Lorca has red flags in Puntas de Calnegre and yellow on the Playa de Calnegre, whilst San Javier has yellow warning on Playa del Banco del Tabal, del Pedrucho and del Arenal, all on the Med coastline.
San Pedro del Pinatar is flying yellow on the beaches of La Barraca Quemada, las Salinas, El Mojón and Torre Derribada and in Los Alcázares, yellow is also to be found on Espejo, La Concha, Las Palmeras, Los Narejos and Manzanares.
The Mar Menor beaches are the safest option when it's windy, as the Mar Menor is isolated from the sea, without currents. Click for more info about Mar Menor beaches
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