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Praise for lifeguard who saved British tourist

By Bejay Browne

A PAPHOS lifeguard was praised on Thursday for his quick action Ib saving a British holidaymaker from drowning.

According to the Paphos regional board of tourism, the women, in her fifties got into trouble in the waters off a popular blue-flagged beach on Wednesday afternoon.

Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, the manager of the local tourism board said: “We would like to congratulate lifeguard Andreas Panayi, whose quick actions and use of life saving equipment, managed to save the life of the bather.”

According to Hadjigeorgiou the women lost consciousness at around 1pm on Wednesday, while she was swimming off the popular Faros beach. She was spotted by Panyi, who raced into the water and managed to bring her ashore.

Hadjigeorgiou said Panayi had been well trained, acted calmly and “in a flash” managed to pull the bather to shore. He then provided first aid, saving her from certain death.

The woman was rushed to Paphos general hospital where, according to Hadjigeorgiou, she is recovering well.

Panayi, who was on duty at the time, is an experienced lifeguard in his 40’s and a member of the ‘Kiniras’ association of lifeguards.

Hadjigeorgiou said the incident supported demands made by the tourism board to the government to provide more lifeguards and to extend the months they patrol the beaches.

“All blue-flagged beaches in Paphos have lifeguards as do many of the public beaches in general. There are 33 lifeguards on duty this year covering an area from Pommos to Kouklia,” he said.

“We are demanding that the government expand the months they work from March until November and we also want them for more hours on the beach.”

Lifeguards currently operate from June until October and from 10am-6pm.

“We need to have lifeguards on our beaches until sunset as many people choose to visit these areas after 6pm. We also need more life guard towers at beaches currently without them,” said Hadjigeorgiou.

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