Palma.—Every Summer, a series of training exercises are staged to further the expertise and experience of life guards and yesterday the Bay of Alcudia was the setting for one such h training exercise.

Monitored by Balearic emergency service chiefs, life guards were tasked with rescuing a swimmer who had been hit by a boat.
The training exercise began at 11.30am with the swimmer breaching the safe zone, the area cordoned off to prevent swimmers and light craft such as ribs and jet skis coming into contact.

Suddenly, the swimmer was hit by a boat which failed to stop and the whole accident was witnessed by a family member from the beach who also had to be treated for a panic attack.

Initially, the swimmer had been spotted leaving the safe zone by a life guard in a watch tower and one of his colleagues warned the swimmer to turn back, but it proved too late.

The victim had to be rescued by life guards on a special rescue jet ski before being rushed to hospital along with the member of his family who had witnessed the incident and suffered the anxiety attack. Police then asked the life guard who had witnessed the accident from the tower for information about the vessel in question and it was later located by the police.The skipper of the boat did not have any documentation and hypothetically faces criminal charges.The operation was filmed and will be used as a training video.


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