Operation Easter 2016 Confirms Vallarta Lifeguards and Firefighters Are 'Our Heroes'

Team Angels/Gerardo Gonzalez - Vallarta Opina
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April 3, 2016

A total of 385 emergency and 43,805 prevention services were carried out in the Operational Easter 2016, which was characterized by difficult sea conditions in practicing water recreation activities; highlighting the excellent coordination between units of three levels of government for prompt attention.

In the progress report of the holiday security operation that was released by the Center for Emergency Operations in Puerto Vallarta, it emphasizes that from 19 to 27 March, 75 percent of the emergency services were conducted in the federal maritime zone.

There were 55 water rescues, reflecting the conditions presented by the sea during this period, with high wave activity and return currents that kept beaches with yellow or red flags waving.

A sea search was conducted for a missing person; a minor drowned in the pool at the hotel where he was staying and also 25 pre-hospital emergency care services were performed on beaches.

In addition, 41 people were treated for illness, 39 for injuries, 32 rescued from swarms of bees, 26 fires were fought, eight automobile accidents with injuries and six pedestrians were treated from being hit by a moving vehicle.

In the area of prevention, 25,454 recommendations were made, 11,110 preventions, 3,740 leaflets were delivered among visitors and locals, 75 inspections were made and 90 support events occurred.

In total there were 44,190 services in eight days.

The busiest day of people on the beaches was on Good Friday where it was recorded that 16% of the people visited Los Muertos Beach, 14% at Camarones and 13% at Velas.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

From Gary Green: "How does a City brace itself to nearly double its population in four short days? It appears that Puerto Vallarta may hold the key. With so much in the news these days regarding the problems of many agencies, I felt compelled to forward a note of thanks to the local law enforcement agencies, first-responders, waste collectors and City employees. It was apparent and appreciated that officials beefed up patrols from major thoroughfares to remote areas to protect both visitors and residents. The dedicated men and women that comprise these agencies sacrifice a great deal in service to the betterment of our communities and I extend a heartfelt thank you for what you do."

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