The red flag warning of the presence of jellyfish flew over Estepona’s beaches again last weekend, with Proteccion Civil attending to around 200 jellyfish stings a day.
On Monday councillor Ana Velasco announced that the town hall has hired another boat to help eliminate the jellyfish. It will join the boat hired last month to patrol 21.5 kilometres of the coastline with nets to catch the jellyfish before they get too close to the shore.
Sra Velasco said boats offered a “rapid and economical method” for eliminating the pests, being able to reach the areas where they are reported very quickly.
The boats were also clearing the sea of tin cans and other debris. The jellyfish caught in the nets are deposited in a tank in the port area, she said. Meanwhile, she asked bathers to respect the flags for their own safety and comfort – red means keep out of the water, yellow indicates a smaller amount of jellyfish while green means bathing is safe.