East Lancashire tourists warned not to swim on Lanzarote's red flag beaches after another drowning (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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East Lancashire tourists warned not to swim on Lanzarote's red flag beaches after another drowning
Nikki Bate, seen here with husband Tony, was pulled from the water last Thursday, right, how we covered the story
TOURISTS are being warned not to swim at ‘red flag’ beaches following another drowning in Lanzarote days after a Ribble Valley woman died.
The Canary island’s tourist board warning comes after 48-year-old mother-of-three Nikki Bate, from Barrow, near Whalley, drowned off the shore of Famara beach, in the north of the country a week ago.
Just days after Mrs Bate’s death, a 72-year-old German man, who has not been named, drowned as he was swimming in the sea at the Fariones beach, in Puerto del Carmen.
A spokesman for Turismo Lanzarote said he believed more people would lose their lives if they did not take note of the warning signs.
It is understood the German tourist suffered a heart attack and was pulled from the water by a lifeguard and other swimmers. According to local news website islandconnections.eu, the Canaries are the second worst region in Spain for drownings this year behind Andalusia, with official figures recording 19 deaths so far in 2013.
The Lanzarote tourist officer said: “There are permanent signs on Famara beach saying that swimming is not allowed.
“It is the same on all beaches in the north of Lanzarote, where the Atlantic currents are very strong.
“Swimmers have to take a lot of care and read the signs.
“Thousands of people get hurt at the beaches every year. It has happened before and it will happen again. They do not know the area and do not understand how dangerous it can be.”
Mrs Bate drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming on holiday with her family last Thursday.
Her husband Anthony, of Clitheroe Road, tried to grab her after hearing her scream, but a riptide pulled them apart.
Lifeguards got to the couple within minutes and tried to revive Mrs Bate for at least half an hour.
Mr Bate described the events as ‘a little mistake with calamitous consequences’.
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