Saving on drunkards: City of San Sebastian will charge for emergency rescue

Savings on Drunkards: City of San Sebastian Will Charge Emergency Rescue Fees

The City Hall is trying to achieve two goals. On the one hand, he wants to save costs on rescue operations, and on the other hand, he wants to make frivolous vacationers think twice before entering the water while drunk.

The city authorities of the Spanish resort city of San Sebastian, which is located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, are planning to charge a fee for the emergency rescue of citizens who decide to go into the water after drinking alcohol. The Guardian writes about this.

Local authorities are planning to pass a relevant law, because on the one hand they want to save considerable costs associated with rescue operations, and on the other, to prevent accidents due to the negligence and recklessness of vacationers.

Saving on drunkards: City of San Sebastian will charge for emergency rescue

The fact is that the local authorities in April of this year spent 6,000 euros carrying out rescue operations. As an example, a case was cited involving two drunken men who, after a stormy holiday, decided to swim in the raging sea. After they entered the water, they began to drift away from the shore, but the men were saved only because the police noticed them at the last moment. Through the efforts of 20 rescuers, men managed to deliver them to the shore, journalists write.

Saving on drunkards: City of San Sebastian will charge for emergency rescue

“I would like not to take a single euro, pound or dollar from us. But our goal is to prevent such incidents. The controversial nature of this law is aimed at making people think twice,” said City Council member Martin Ibabe. .

The authorities' decision is further spurred on by a recent increase in reckless swimming, ranging from drunken partygoers basking in the dark to impatient swimmers swimming past signs announcing that the beach is closed.


Moreover, the constant succession of rescue operations in recent years has led to the fact that local residents bear significant costs. Each rescue also involves personal risk for the rescuers and takes away valuable resources, the mayor’s office noted.

However, the authorities specified that the law will not apply to cases where people get into misfortune for objective reasons.

“If there is even the slightest doubt that this could have been an accident, we will not collect funds from people,” Ibabe emphasized.

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