The Guardians of the Sea

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They are practically anonymous people, unknown to many, they only show up in the news and in most cases, their photographs are not on the front pages of the newspapers or in the national television news, however, their mere presence is the equivalent to safety in the Sea.

Many are the people who owe their lives or have been rescued when they were lost adrift in the distance from the mainland. They are the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard, which on board their patrol boats can be seen passing by the proximity of the beaches or giving a recommendation to a swimmer or canoeist who has moved too far from the shore.


Agents of the Maritime Service that on the coast of the province of Granada have traveled this year about eleven thousand nautical miles, or what is the equivalent of something more than 19,000 kilometers, which has helped them to help or rescue more than 4,800 people , most of them linked to immigration or with the help of the high seas when they find themselves adrift or with navigation problems.

Statistical data on interventions at sea that demonstrate the effectiveness of these agents who are at the service of society 24 hours a day and who have a response action almost immediately and quickly, as was demonstrated in an activation that arose when This newspaper was doing a report on the services they provide. Or the day before in the rescue of the body of a person who had appeared three meters deep in Salobreña. They also recently had to go pick up the lifeless body of an immigrant who was found about 35 miles south of Motril by the Rio Segura patrol boat.and then they had to approach to the Port. Or the rescue of 13 people of Maghrebi origin who were sailing with problems in a fibre boat 25 miles southeast of Motril.

Interventions that are done with a perfect mastery, as we had opportunity to contemplate in both cases, in one of them the agents signalled the area where the drowned man was and tried, at first, to proceed to the rescue, although this time the most It is appropriate that the Underwater Activities Special Group did so, so they were given support and given all the information they had.

In the second case we approached with the Aragon River patrol to the area of Maro and Cerro Gordo, where it is recorded that a sailboat is anchored in a prohibited area and could damage a posidonia marine slope, which is protected In addition, there is evidence that several pulpers have been placed near this place, which are also prohibited, in both cases they would be environmental infractions.

The first corporal Raul Fernandez was the one who received the warning through the telephone 062 (emergencies of the Civil Guard), and this immediately informed the lieutenant Javier Francisco Coca, and the guards José Ignacio Duarte and José Jesús Pozo, the four were those in charge of going to that point to certify the veracity of the facts.

Durante el recorrido se tienen que acercar a varias motos acuáticas y piraguas que estaban fuera de la zona recomendada, por lo que se les dieron consejos de navegación, el Teniente Coca indicaba que en situaciones como éstas normalmente “hacemos una labor preventiva e informativa”.

A vessel, which had an irregular navigation, was also required to approach the patrol boat, so that after the warning siren sounded, typical of patrol boats or police vehicles, they were signalled by signals that the boat should stop and approach them, with a small mast net is required documentation to verify that everything is in order, in this case, it was a rental boat, so we had to check with the owners the veracity of the facts and that it was not a charter that requires a series of special permits and insurance for the occupants. Once checked, he was allowed to leave without any problem.

However, sometimes they also go aboard the boats to check what they are transporting, as it happened with a zodiac that was anchored in the vicinity of the cliffs without any occupant, after waiting a reasonable time, and thinking that it could be abandoned. collected and towed to the Port of Motril, to locate the owners and give notice of where they could recover it, also found a bucket with a marine protected species.

In the more than six hours that this newspaper was patrolling with the boat Río Aragón, documentation of different boat patterns was requested, information was given to several watercrafts. A diver was asked to leave for the bathing area and also to carry a signal buoy to avoid accidents. In the same way, it was required, as it was getting dark, a canoeist who was approaching the coast, after asking him if he had any problems.

According to the first Corporal Fernandez, with a smile sticking up in his face, when asked how the day had gone. That had been a day, quiet, and that it did not come badly after the hectic days that had been lately.

The Guardians of the Sea

The figures of Maritime Service

The Maritime Service of the Civil Guard, located in the Port of Motril, is headed by Lieutenant Javier Francisco Coca and Alférez Esteban González, with a total of 35 people, of whom nine are bosses, 18 sailor mechanics, two mechanics of motors and equipment, in addition to personnel specialized in electronic equipment and radio communication, and administrative staff in the staff. It has three boats, of which one, the Aragón River -is high speed-, the Genil River -rescue-, and the Sierra 24-an 11-meter semirigid-are also waiting to receive a new one. It covers something more than 42.3 nautical miles, 80 kilometres off the coast of Granada.

The actions carried out so far this year have a direct relationship with the prevention and prosecution of any type of offense committed on the coast of Granada, whether administrative or criminal, such as smuggling, drug trafficking, control of fisheries resources, environmental crimes , among others but without forgetting the help, as well as rescue at sea, to the point that so far this year there has been an increase of 33% in relation to the total data of last year, and is that in 2018 Some 4,800 people have already been rescued, becoming one of the most important facets that have been developed so far by Lt. Coca.

46 boats have been towed, 187 are the infractions that the Maritime Service has solved and 238 the inspections to different boats, among many other actions carried out by these guardians of the sea.


Source: Granada Hoy