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​Elderly Victim Nearly Drowns in Fuerteventura Letters from the Atlantic by Barrie Mahoney

'Writing Inspired by an Island in the Atlantic'

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​Elderly Victim Nearly Drowns in Fuerteventura

Elderly Victim Nearly Drowns in Fuerteventura

A 70-year-old woman was swimming in the zone of Grandes Playas in the Municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura during the late afternoon this week, but was spotted by Red Cross lifeguards and thought to be drowning.

The 112 emergency rescue service was called, and the lifeguards helped this woman to return to the beach, but she was reported to display signs of cardiorespiratory arrest.

Emergency responders from the 112 service and a doctor from the Correlejo Health Centre carried out resuscitation procedures on this woman, and were successful in reversing her cardiorespiratory arrest. This patient was then transferred to the General Hospital of Fuerteventura Virgen de La Peña.

Officers of the Guardia Civil and Policia Local also collaborated with the emergency services to assist in this successful rescue.

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