Emergency rescue in the Canary Islands: Who pays for?


Recovery from emergency situations in the Canary Islands and La Palma

Carelessness and ignorance can be expensive:

The helicopter costs 2.000 Euro per hour

Hier gehen die meisten Hilferufe ein: Notfallzentrum der Kanaren - erreichbar unter der 112!

Most cries for help go here: Emergency Centre of the Canary Islands – can be reached at the 112!

The crack of a young German 2014 of the AIDA Stella in the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma, one of the Prime examples is, that ill-considered actions of leisure can tear a fat hole in the Urlaubkase. Because even though the Sanchez had completed only a bet, has he paid later for the rescue workers immediately alerted by concerned witnesses out of Pocket. Reason: False alarm, Levity, Negligence, The Canary Islands Government for the use of the aid directly to the "polluter pays" collected from ignorance or simulated accidents - and it can be fast in the thousands. Here, we describe the situation in detail.

Das Notfall-Koordinationszentrum CECOPIN in Brena Alta: Hier werden die Einsatzkräfte auf La Palma aktiviert - Notfallnummer: 922.43.76.50!

The emergency coordination centre CECOPIN in Breña Alta: Here the forces on La Palma are enabled – Emergency number: 922.43.76.50!

Again and again must disengage the rescue teams on La Palma: Hikers in need or are missing, Swimmers get problems in the Atlantic, Paragliding is not land, where were they going, and, and, and… The rescue workers about the Canary Islands emergency number are usually 112 alerts and on-demand enables with the help of the Coordination Center of CECOPIN on La Palma. The helicopter are ready for emergency Grupo de Emergencias y Salvamento (GES) the airport of Santa Cruz de La Palma and the Canary Islands Government Ayuda en Emergencias Anaga (AEA), the volunteer fire brigade, the civil protection, the Red Cross, Employees of the island environment Office and the National Park Caldera de Taburiente and dog teams.


The new GES Sokol helicopter: Is year-round at the airport of Santa Cruz de La Palma stationed – This photograph by Frank Schlüter, as he during the forest fire on La Palma in August 2016 Water. The Sokol is the successor of the helicopter of our title image – at that time photographed during a rescue exercise in the Atlantic Ocean off Puerto Naos from Montserrat Alejandre.

This manpower and the holding of the helis, the vehicles and equipment cost money. And that gets the Canary Islands Government since the adoption of a law in the year 2012 When certain bailouts back. When the polluters are asked of emergencies to the cashier, governs the regulation on "tasas y precios públicos" in articles 171 to 175, them on a Fact sheet is printed - only in Spanish, that's why we translate some important information from it in this article.

Rescue operations are basically free in the wake of natural disasters, by the Supreme Security Authority in Canary, the Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias were proclaimed. Nothing be paid must also, If "public interest" in the usage, or if the person prior to the alerting of emergency helpers has died.


Even be paid rescue services according to law must, …

Risikosportarten wie etwa Gleitschirmfliegen: Wer mit einem Veranstalter fliegt, ist automatisch versichert. Foto: La Palma 24

Risk sports such as paragliding: Who flies with a regular Organizer, is automatically insured. Photo: La Palma 24

… If a false alarm is given. Where, as in the opening credits this article described, the false alarm can be triggered by third parties – still, the polluter is liable.

… If the emergency while practicing out of risky or dangerous sports occurs -These include, for instance, motorcycle riding, Mountain biking, Ride, Climbing, Diving, the different types of surf, Jet skiing or paragliding. For athletes, that her hobby private practice, is recommended, a corresponding Insurance to complete. Athlete, that under the guidance of experts of Leisure company Act, are covered by these companies. According to Palmaclub President Javier López on La Palma, Redondo all ordinary providers must their customers the requirements of the respective sports to insure. The Canary Islands Government itself only then takes the athletes according to data sheet in the obligation, When the leisure business in bankruptcy.

Benutzen Sie beim Wandern die offiziellen Wege und beachten Sie unbedingt mögliche Sperrungen: Sonst haftet Wanderer selbst für mögliche Rettungskosten.

Use the official routes on La Palma and note necessarily possible closures: Otherwise, hikers themselves for possible rescue costs is liable.

… If the emergency situation arises, because warnings, Flouted bans or regulations in a given area. For example blocked paths can be, Therefore, are from this law also Hikers affected, otherwise Yes not risk athletes classified are as and for search- or rescue is not automatically self pay. In order to classify, whether a rescue fee, is also taken into account, whether the migrants according to the selected track adequat equipped are - particularly in looking at the shoe factory.

Rollen solche Wellen auf La Palma an, wird schon mit gelben und roten Flaggen vorm Schwimmen im Atlantik gewarnt: Selbst erfahrene Surfer wie auf unserem Foto haben sich dabei schon überschätzt und sind in Seenot geraten. Foto: Michael Kreikenbom

Roll such waves on La Palma, warn against swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with yellow and red flags: Even experienced surfers as shown in our photo have overestimated themselves this already and are now in distress. Photo: Michael Kreikenbom

… If the rescue operation in a field is required, for which the Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias the Canary Islands Government or other official bodies have proclaimed an alarm. There are three alert levels at a glance Wind, Rain and waves: Yellow, Orange and Red. Most importantly, their attention from companies in the Mountains von La Palma – the hiking trails of the island will be automatically blocked for weather alerts! Of course is then also any kind of activity on the coasts and in the Atlantic dangerous - the beaches warn also flags in yellow and red for danger, and should be followed strictly the instructions of Baywatch personnel. Red means nothing other than life risk in all cases.


How much is an emergency rescue in the Canary Islands?


Red Flag: If she is hoisted at the beaches, that means nothing but danger! Photo: La Palma 24

This question can not be answered, but depends on the number of injured and required rescue forces, Aircraft and vehicles, as well as the duration of use from. On the Fact sheet of the Canary Islands Government are the fees for the use of Grupo de Emergencias y Salvamento (GES) declared as follows:

The flies GES-Heli Los, proposes the rescue per hour with 2.000 Euro to beech, the Rescue boat acts of the GES for 300 Euro hourly on the Atlantic. Additional cost per hour: 26 Euro fall per actor Savior and 40 Euro Pro Vehicle an.

GES-Rettungsboot: ständig einsatzbereit im Hafen von Santa Cruz de La Palma. Foto: La Palma 24

GES lifeboat: constantly ready for use in the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Photo: La Palma 24

So not totally explode the invoice, the Canary Islands Government Limits on the fees set. In the area of one of up to four people to maximum 6.000 Euro be paid for the rescue, at five to eight people was the limit on 8.000 Euro, at 9 to 16 People on 10.000 Euro and when more than 16 People on 12.000 Euro set. The Bill shall be allocated to Parties according to the services.

The La Palma 24 journal published the alert levels of the Canary Islands Government in looking at wind, Wave and rain always when they arrive. We recommend that all island guests, These warnings not to beat. Because if not recklessly in danger moves, protects the health and wallet.

Alarmmeldung im La Palma 24-Journal: Wer unsere Nachrichten liest, ist gut informiert.

Alarm message in the La Palma 24-journal: If you read our news, is well informed.

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