On the beach of Gournes (Crete), there was an incident with a female tourist who was swept into the sea on an air mattress.
Even though meteorologists instructed citizens about the storm, and one of the basic rules for relaxing on the beach tells us:
“do not use beach equipment, inflatable rings and mattresses when the wind is strong,” the woman still decided to use a watercraft.
Once she was far from the shoreline, she panicked and fell into the sea. The tourist immediately began to scream and call for help, but her friends tried in vain to help her.
And although there is no rescue tower in the area, a person from the Oceanis rescue school of Crete, who patrolled the area on a boat, arrived at the scene.
He managed to save the distressed tourist by giving her first aid and calling an EKAV ambulance, which took her to the hospital.