More than 40 lifeguards will form part of the Surveillance and Rescue Plan for Beaches and Salvage in the Sea (Copla) on the coast of San Pedro del Pinatar from June 15 to September 30, which this year has been adapted to health regulations, prevention and safety, to avoid the possible spread of the coronavirus COVID19 and the surveillance period on Mediterranean beaches has increased. The Mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitación Martínez, and the Councilor for Police and Civil Protection, Angela Gaona, presented this morning on the beach of El Mojón the Copla 2020 Plan for the municipality, which runs from June 15 to 30 September on the 13 kilometers of beaches in the town, on the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean. Thus, this plan begins, as every year, with surveillance on the beaches of La Puntica, Villananitos and La Mota, from June 15 to September 30, while on the Mediterranean beaches (El Mojón, Torre Derribada and La Llana ), given the influx of bathers, the period of bathing surveillance has been brought forward and began last Saturday, June 20, until September 15, from 11:00 to 19:00. The mayor explained that the main challenge this year has been to adapt rescue and rescue protocols to the health emergency, to minimize the possible risks of contagion of the coronavirus COVID19. Thus, specific training has been given to all rescuers on the virus, the rescue and rescue protocols have been adapted to the new health regulations and guidelines, as was verified today in a simulation carried out by the staff, in addition to they have provided them with personal protection equipment and disinfection and cleaning equipment at the posts and watchtowers. San Pedro del Pinatar also has three accessible bathing points in La Puntica, Villananitos and El Mojón, which this year are managed by appointment on the phone 968 182 301.
The objective is to offer the adapted bathroom with the maximum guarantees and avoid concentrations on the platforms. The mayor has also recalled that, through the beach management body, a contingency plan has been drawn up that includes these and other measures in the areas of prevention, safety, cleaning and disinfection. Thus, a public address system has been launched informing bathers of the new standards and safety measures on beaches, among which you highlight respecting the safety distance both in the sand and in the water, not sharing toys and other effects personal or throw the waste in closed bags in the bins and containers. Other measures are the prohibition of the use of lavapies, toilets and changing rooms.
As for services such as hammocks and umbrellas, the beach bars that manage them have developed individualized prevention plans, which include the distance between these elements, as well as the periodic cleaning and disinfection of the same. The Plan also includes a complete plan for cleaning and disinfecting the beaches, access walkways, promenade, urban furniture (litter bins and banks), etc. The mayor has indicated that this plan will be adapted to the progressive recovery of normality and the rules set by the health authorities.
In addition, the document contemplates different scenarios such as, where necessary, control of access to the area of ??the mud baths, if an influx is detected that does not allow the minimum safety distance, or the reinforcement of the service of lifeguards, which is initially planned at 42 but which may be increased through an open job bank. To carry out their work, the lifeguards and civil protection personnel have twelve watchtowers for surveillance and rescue this year on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, among which the new post presented today in El Mojón stands out; three surveillance, rescue and first aid posts and five proximity chairs in the Mar Menor. These stations are equipped with four rescue canoes, two jet skis, two rescue boats, a quad and an all-terrain motorcycle, a new all-terrain vehicle, 27 bicycles, five amphibious chairs, 3 sets of amphibious crutches, three sets of crutches amphibians and two cranes for people with reduced mobility.
Source: Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar