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San Javier registers 50 percent of the total of the Region in bathroom aids for people with reduced mobility on beaches (07/08/2018)

A total of 980 people with reduced mobility have used during the month of July the adapted bathroom service available on the beaches of the municipality of San Javier, which represents almost half of the actions carried out in the Region during the same period that amounted to 1971, as informed today by the Minister of the Presidency, Pedro Rivera, who together with the Mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, checked the operation of this service during a visit to the beach in Barnuevo, Santiago de la Ribera.

Chon, a well-known neighbor of Santiago de la Ribera, who is a veteran user of this service, arrived with her motorized chair to the wooden platform located in the sand of the beach, where two lifeguards placed her in the chair that best suits her. to your needs, among the four available models, helped with a harness crane.

Once accommodated they introduced her to the sea where she is watched from the shore until she decides to leave, again with the help of the guards, who take care of her every day.

Chon is one of the users of a service that in the municipality of San Javier offers up to four models of different chairs depending on the degree of disability of the user who can use one or the other.

The service also has amphibious crutches for users with greater independence and two cranes with harnesses for the transfer to the chair if necessary.

The chairs are available free of charge at the beach surveillance stations and in the four exclusive areas for people with reduced mobility on the beaches of Barnuevo, Colón and Castillicos, in Santiago de la Ribera and Mistral in La Manga del Mar Menor, which they have adapted toilets and changing rooms.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo stressed that this service is "one of the most important of those offered on our beaches during the summer" and thanked "the dedication, professionalism and humane treatment provided by lifeguards to the users of the adapted bathroom in our beaches ".

Luengo recalled that San Javier has improved and developed this service for more than 20 years, being the municipality that maintains it for the longest time, from June 1 to September 30 and with a greater number of attendances.

In 2017, San Javier accounted for a total of 2058 bathroom aids, representing 51.44% of the total of 4001 registered in the Region of Murcia.

The counselor of Presidency Pedro Rivera, who put San Javier as an example in the matter, recalled that accessibility is also part of the Copla Plan and said that "it is essential that the beaches are accessible so that all people can enjoy them safely and without difficulty accessing the sea. "

The Minister recalled that the Region of Murcia has 44 beaches with accessibility services within the Copla Plan to which the Autonomous Community has allocated 780,000 euros this year, about four percent more than in the previous year.

In total there are 250 people each day who watch over the safety of the beaches of the Region within the Plan Copla, which last July had a total of 24,146 attendances.

Of these, 9,175 were cures and first aid, 300 rescues and rescue, 14,662 to offer information and social services, eight to attend asphyxiation by immersion and a cardio-respiratory stop.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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