“In difficulty”, the young man was airlifted but his vital prognosis was not engaged. GUILLAUME BONNAUD/ “SUD OUEST” “He was floating, unconscious. I hoisted him onto my board and revived him. I made him vomit once, twice…” A second friend almost left too. “We had water there, points this one showing its size, and a second later we were up to our necks. He managed to beat the current before it won. Just past their twenties, the three students from Bordeaux had come to enjoy the sun and the water. In the middle of the afternoon, Stéphane Galissaire saved the life of a young student who had been carried away. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SUD OUEST” Extreme conditionsBelow, Stéphane managed to bring the young man back to the beach, immediately supported and put in a safe side position by other sunbathers. Short of breath, he says: “He was floating, unconscious. I hoisted him onto my board and revived him. I made him vomit once, twice…” While the rescuers landed on the beach with a helicopter and 4×4, taking care of the victim whose state of health was not worrying, the surfer immediately left to keep watch. , sitting on his yellow board crossed out with a red “surf rescue”. It’s the first time in forty years of surfing, to “take a corpse out of the water, not every year but almost”, that he’s done this. Very quickly, help arrived to take care of the victim. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SUD OUEST” He is not, however, a lifeguard. The beaches of the town are only supervised from June 11. But the day before, two people drowned in Grand-Crohot. Stéphane was already there, he pulled six others out of the water. “After that, you don’t sleep well, I start sticking out my tongue,” he concedes, while planning to spend the afternoon volunteering as lifeguard. “People are unaware of the danger. It’s everyman who gets carried away ”But he is angry. “Why don’t they stay there?” he blurts out, pointing to the firefighters who are sounding the siren to encourage bathers not to go beyond their toes. These two days of Tuesday and Wednesday were targeted as particularly dangerous. The swell is coming up from the southwest and exacerbating the strength of the baïnes. No surveillance has been put in place, too complicated to deploy at short notice out of season for the municipality. According to the mayor, Philippe de Gonneville, surveillance during the three summer months already costs nearly 500,000 euros, “essentially the responsibility of the municipality”. Stéphane Galissaire spent the afternoon scanning the beach, aware of the danger. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SUD OUEST” Stéphane also resents careless swimmers: “People are unaware of the danger. It’s Mr. Everybody who gets carried away. Yesterday there was a crowd while we were trying to resuscitate someone. When they got tired of the show, people went back to swimming…” Kamel, Zakarya, Inès and Wacilla came from Bordeaux to enjoy the waves. “We stay where we are. ” Guillaume Bonnaud / “SUD OUEST” The town hall is doing prevention A few hours earlier, at the end of the morning, Stéphane Galissaire had already settled in under a blazing sun that his tanned skin did not seem to fear, he had several times looked at his watch. “It’s going to get really dangerous around 2 p.m.,” he predicted. “People think it’s more risky when the tide goes out, but in fact it’s the opposite: when it comes in, it gives more force to the waves. » For experienced surfers, this « winter swell in spring » was the envy, « we have exceptional conditions ». “I went offshore, it’s really big,” confirms, tired, Adrien, a surf teacher in Lacanau. A municipal employee installs signs to warn of the danger. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SOUTH WEST” To avoid a new tragedy, the town hall has nevertheless deployed the means it could. In particular the installation of tinkered panels in a hurry, on which one can read “exceptional conditions, dangerous bathing”. A municipal employee installs one at the bottom of the access under the aid station, without really believing it. “There were already some, but people don’t listen, don’t look…” The municipal reserve raises awareness at the entrance to Grand-Crohot beach. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SUD OUEST” At the start of the afternoon, the municipal civil security reserve mobilized. “The mayor called us at 12:30 p.m. and there are already seven of us there,” unpacks Mireille, sheet explaining the currents in hand, who intercepts beachgoers at the entrance to an access. “Be careful, today we paddle, but not higher than the knees”, she encourages. Mireille warns: “Today, we splash around, we don’t swim”. Guillaume Bonnaud/ “SUD OUEST” The volunteers deployed on the beaches of Grand-Crohot, Truc Vert, and Horizon. Just after their first intervention of the day, the emergency services had to leave immediately on the latter for a new rescue operation. Stéphane, meanwhile, did not need to return to the water in the afternoon.
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