It’s been in the local news a lot lately, especially as too many beachgoers are still ignoring this regulation and disregarding all common sense when it comes to safety in the water.
It is prohibited to swim in the sea when a red flag is flying. Not only are you putting your own life in danger, but also the lives of the lifeguards.
What many people don’t realise is that if they choose to flaunt the law and go for a swim when a red flag is up, they could face a pretty hefty sanction from the Local Police.
And this is what has happened in the Alicante tourist resort of Javea earlier this week: The Local Police decided to apply article 139 of the Citizen Coexistence bylaw, which includes denouncing beachgoers that ignore the red flag regulation and take a swim in the sea.
Two swimmers were denounced by local police officers for intentionally complicating and disrupting the public lifeguard service, and have been handed a fine of 750 euro each.
On the day that the incident took place, most of the beaches up and down the Alicante coastline had been flying a yellow flag for much of the day.
However, at around 5 p.m. the situation and state of the sea, in terms of the current and high waves, took a turn for the worse on Javea’s Arenal beach, which meant that lifeguards had to change the flag to red and prohibit everyone on the beach from going in the sea.
Despite the red flag in full view and the lifeguards’ constant messages through a megaphone warning bathers to stay on the sand, a few people still went in. Various rescues were carried out in difficult conditions, which could have been avoided had the bathers obeyed the safety regulations.