ORIHUELA Council closed the 2020 Summer Season this week and looked back over a very challenging time.
The Councillor for Beaches, Ramon Lopez, joined with local police to take stock of the period that, he said: “Closed in a positive way thanks to the professionalism and collaboration of those involved that adapted to make Orihuela Costa a ‘Sea of Health’.”
The Olive Press reported that one of those adaptations was the revolutionary system of tracking beach capacities using thermal imaging cameras linked to the council website.
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Additionally, the council invested in extra staff and cleaning routines.
Lopez stated that tourists worked in collaboration to guarantee the season closed, ‘without notable incidents’.
Julio Gil, head of the Ambumar Rescue and Lifeguard Service, stated: “Greater prudence and collaboration of users has been noticed when it comes to following advice [which] means incidences in the water have decreased considerably.”
2020 Summer Season Summary
Total incidents: 1,120 (All the beaches had roughly the same number)
Total rescues: 27 (Almost all in Cala Capitan and Cala Bosque)
Total jellyfish stings: 385 (Cala Capitan had most with 68 and Aguamarina had 59)
In general, the highest number of incidents occurred on Cala Capitan and Cala Bosque because they had more visitors and more days with red and yellow warning flags.