A German man in his seventies drowned at Playa de la Arena, Santiago del Teide this morning.
Emergency services were called in by beach lifeguards who had pulled the man out of the water realising that he had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Lifeguards attempted basic resuscitation and then more advanced techniques were used when the medical helicopter arrived on the scene at about 11.30 am, but to no avail.
Officials warn that Cardiac arrest is a recognized symptom of cold-water shock, and the waters in Tenerife are considered to be technically cold especially in February.
Furthurmore there is currently an alert for high seas and windy conditions in the island, and although local conditions in Playa Arena are reasonably good today, extreme care should always be taken when bathing in the sea, making sure to heed lifeguards’ instructions and the warning flags in place at the various beaches.
Two local policemen from the Santiago del Teide force, were injured yesterday evening when a gas cylinder exploded inside a house Calle Bermeano Puerto de Santiago
The two officers were helping the Santiago del Teide Volunteer Firefighters to extinguish a fire in a private house located near the Pancras Socas Sports Complex when the accident occurred at around 5pm.
Apparently an electrical short circuit caused a fire that in turn caused the butane gas cylinder to explode.
The injured were treated by emergency services on site and then transferred to hospital where they have been under observation for 24 hours.
The Canarian economy is expected to grow by 2.1% in 2015.
According to a report from CEOE Tenerife (Confederation Businesses in Santa Cruz de Tenerife) the predicted growth factor , six tenths less than the national average, will result in 23,000 jobs being created.
In tourism, the report states that the Canary Islands will loose 300,000 tourists, down 2.3%, due to a drop in foreign visitors and only a moderate rise in home grown tourism.
According to the Confederation, domestic consumption will need to be the “engine of growth as the foreign sector is likely to register a slight decline because political instability in the Maghreb seems be nearing an end, especially in Tunisia, which has recovered as a winter resort”.