Three saved from drowning on Mojacar beach

Three people have been saved on La Rumina beach in Mojacar just hours after a man drowned on another nearby Mojacar beach. Emergency services were called at 18:20 after the three people were spotted struggling against currents offshore. Two of the people were rescued by Civil protection units and the third was rescued by other bathers. All were taken to the medical centre for a checkup, being exhausted and cold but are said to be Continue reading Three saved from drowning on Mojacar beach

Adra to let dogs onto a beach

Dogs will be allowed on the beach and in the sea on Adra’s La Rana beach after the city council voted to change the regulations there. The regulations must still be changed and approved before the animals forbidden signs are taken down. Dogs will be allowed on the beach 24 hours a day throughout the off season and during certain hours of the day during peak season. Manuel Cortés said that this was a momentous Continue reading Adra to let dogs onto a beach

Major NATO op off Almería next month

Get ready to see some spectacular warships sailing around the Albaran sea, as NATO comes to town next month in operation Noble Mariner 2014. A dozen NATO countries are sending warships, marines and troops for the largest NATO sea drill of the year. It takes place off Cádiz and Almería. As host country, the operation is under control of Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón. The operation is training for the NATO rapid response force, Continue reading Major NATO op off Almería next month

Thousands of jellyfish close Carboneras beaches – Mojacar or Cabo de Gata next?

A massive bank of thousands of jellyfish have washed up on the beaches of Carboneras, forcing the beaches to be closed. The Mayor made an urgent appeal for volunteers from local residents to help clean up the mess on the beaches. And about a dozen people needed non-urgent medical attention for jellyfish stings before the beaches were closed, reports La Voz. They started appearing yesterday in the waters offshore, but it was this morning that Continue reading Thousands of jellyfish close Carboneras beaches – Mojacar or Cabo de Gata next?

Another shark caught off Villaricos

Sea’s full of them at the moment it seems. A 2 metre long shark was caught recently some 8 nautical miles off Villaricos, and then four days ago a baby shark was dragged in by some fishermen. And then this summer we had the famous oar fish, which caused no end of fuss. Biologists say that these sharks don’t normally attack humans, as they only go after small fish, and that bathers shouldn’t be worried.

Argie Bargy after submarine surfaces in middle of kiddie regatta

The Argentines are in an uproar after one of their subs surfaced into the middle of a kids regatta in the Mar de Plata. Nobody is quite sure why the 40 years old Argentine Navy submarine S-31 ARA Salta suddenly decided to surface without checking to see what was above, but panic ensued as the kids sailboats had to tack to safety.

On why needing a tow at sea could bankrupt you

I was having a couple of beers with a retired fisherman and his son yesterday in Garrucha, and he was telling me an interesting story about rescue as sea. Old Antonio still has three large fishing boats in Garrucha port, and his son, a hulk of a chap, seems to be doing all right for himself, what with the prawns being back and all. So Antonio was reminiscing about the Coastguard (salvamiento maritimo) and their Continue reading On why needing a tow at sea could bankrupt you

Explore the bottom of the sea in Mojacar cultural centre!

Mojacar is hosting the third “Posidonia 100% Mediterránea” exhibition, which aims to show people the ecosystem of the sea without having to don a scuba suit. The exhibition, financed by the Junta, is visiting different towns and will be in Mojacar cultural centre from the 21st of Jan until the 30th. It’s an educational show which aims to bring the concept of “under the sea” to children and adults alike. Explore the bottom of the Continue reading Explore the bottom of the sea in Mojacar cultural centre!

Filthy sea AND no prawns – coincidence?

Now that the summer is over, the papers are allowed to start talking about the filthy, polluted sea we currently have: La Voz de Almeria: “El agua está en peor estado que nunca” Well, since we still have no sewage plants, it’s all being dumped untreated into the sea. Coincidentally, in the same edition, we see that the fishermen haven’t caught a single prawn for a month: La Voz de Almeria: La gamba lleva un Continue reading Filthy sea AND no prawns – coincidence?

Almeria gets more blue flag beaches than ever before!

21 beaches in Almeria have been awarded the “blue flag” for 2013, meaning that their services, installations, environmental quality, cleanliness and general state meet or surparsses EU standards. The award is given by the “Foundation for Environmental Education“, who I notice are currently looking for a new CEO. Where’s my CV? That’s 2 more than last year, although one beach (the one next to Almeria port) lost its flag due to contamination from the port. Continue reading Almeria gets more blue flag beaches than ever before!