drowningSPAIN is Europe’s hottest seaside destination, yet hundreds drown in its oceans, rivers and swimming pools every year.

Even after highly publicised tragedies like the drownings of three Turkish tourists in Marbella in April, the problem seems to worsen, with 83 confirmed drownings in Spain in July alone.

Without a concerted effort by holidaymakers and authorities alike, this seems unlikely to change anytime soon.

As August gets in full swing, lifeguarding services should be stepped up, and swimmers should be aware of basic safety procedures.

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