29/08/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - NGO and rescue service Emerlan today revealed that it has participated in 25 sea rescues during this year’s summer period. The organisation has aided emergency services in conducting searches, assisting vessels in trouble and tending to distressed swimmers in particular.
So far this year Emerlan has attended to over 400 injured persons, carried out 60 life rescue missions and 32 emergency transfers to Hospital Doctor José Molina Orosa. It has served the lifeguard patrolled beaches of Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Famara.
Emerlan has emphasized the importance for those intending to go for a swim of paying particular attention to the flags and signs present on the beaches of the island. They are also advised to be aware of currents and jellyfish and proceed with great caution if using floats.
It was also announced that Emerlan 24 hour ambulance service has received 627 emergency calls so far in 2012.
Meanwhile on the northern island of La Graciosa, Emerlan have carried out 60 emergency operations including two rescues, two searches, two fires and ten evacuations.
The canine rescue unit have participated in 5 missing person searches, and assisted in nine additional operations. In addition they have also undergone specific training courses in various parts of the mainland studying aspects such as searching through rubble and nocturnal searches.