Two tourists have been taken to hospital suffering serious injuries after falling off cliffs in the Algarve in separate incidents.
The first happened on Sunday (January 19) when a 74-year-old German woman, who was enjoying a hike along the coast, fell around six metres from a cliff in Albufeira, near Praia do Evaristo.
Local firefighters were alerted at around 4.30pm and were aided by local homeowners, who allowed the firefighters to access their land so that they could more easily reach the victim, reports Correio da Manhã tabloid.
The woman was rescued shortly before 6pm. After being “stabilised” by INEM emergency services, the victim was rushed to Faro Hospital with suspicions that she had sustained “head trauma”.
One day later (January 20), a 21-year-old Belgian tourist also had to be rescued after falling from a similar height at Algar Seco in Carvoeiro, Lagoa at around 1.50pm.
The youngster was reportedly exploring the area with his family when he fell onto a rocky area, with CM reporting that he “fractured both legs”, sustained serious injuries to his pelvic area and “could not move”.
The young man had to be rescued by a lifeboat from Ferragudo’s ISN sea rescue station and was then transported to Portimão Hospital by ambulance.
On its website, the National Maritime Authority (AMN) says that local maritime police forces are investigating both cliff falls to determine exactly what happened.
Walking along coastal areas is considered safe as long as people respect the rules and don’t put themselves in dangerous situations.
As Portimão Port Captain Gonzalez dos Paços told the Resident last November: “Beaches and coastal areas are safe to explore and enjoy as long as people respect the rules and the warning sings.”