The news came down on Monday morning: an 80 year old woman was dragged, bounced and injured when she became entangled in the cables of an out of control kite that had been manoeuvering in an area of Los Lances beach (photo) forbidden to the sport.> Since then, the Councillor in charge of the beaches, Paola Moreno, has appealed to the “responsibility” of kite surfers “for their own benefit.”
At a press conference yesterday, Moreno wanted to make clear that “the beaches are covered in terms of security and first aid.” However, she added, “it is impossible to avoid an accident such as this if the rules are broken. We would have to place a policeman every hundred metres. It is up to the surfers not to break the rules, or they will suffer the consequences.”
The beach is marked by poles in the sand indicating the areas for bathing and those for kitesurfing, but, says the councillor, “last year we had to replace them every fifteen days because they would disappear.” This year the markers are placed at the entrances to the beach, though there are clear markers at the water edge and in the water.
The injured woman was taken to the nearest medical centre and is progressing out of her injuries. Her daughter has denounced the kitesurfer, a minor, and complained of a lack of vigilance by the authorities.