FRANCE – It was nearly 6 p.m. on Saturday August 20 when 16 people were swept away by the current more than 800 m from the Grande Plage in Biarritz. Help is mobilized for an impressive rescue operation, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
It was aboard their jet skis that the lifeguards were able to rescue some of the swimmers surprised by a swim. The others were airlifted by the gendarmes thanks and brought back to the shore. This rescue took place before the eyes of worried vacationers. The bathers came out of the water “at stage 1 of drowning”, that is to say a victim of stress and fatigue without inhaling water, according to South West. But all are now safe and sound.
The prefecture of New Aquitaine had called for “Swim only in supervised areas” on the beaches of the Atlantic coast, after having placed four departments on maximum alert for the risk of formation of baïnes for the day of Saturday August 20.
#Bathing #baïne | Dangerous conditions TOMORROW ▶️ Maximum risk on the formation of baïnes ⚠️ Call for caution… https://t.co/dfj7UIrbdt– Prefect of New Aquitaine and Gironde (@PrefAquitaine33)
Why can baïnes be dangerous?
The baïnes are kinds of natural pools that form between the beach and a sandbank, generating strong currents offshore when they empty at the ebb. These strong currents can carry swimmers out to sea.
In the event that you are swept away by such a current, it is not advisable to attempt to swim back to the place from which you started. Indeed, the current will be against you and you will get tired without being able to reach the beach.
To get out of it in these cases, it is rather advisable to swim parallel to the beach to get out of the strong current, and return to dry land a little further, as the prefecture explains in the infographic published below. below.
Diagram of the bath and advice
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