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Cancun Nautical Association teams up with Red Cross to offer water medical assistance

Cancun, Q.R. — A program between the Red Cross and the Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo will see paramedics hit the sea. Amílcar Galaviz Aguilar, director of the Red Cross says the new program will see paramedics touring busy boating areas offering medical assistance when needed.

“During the high vacation seasons, more than 2,000 people participate daily in nautical activities with snorkeling and diving being the most in demand. So in the event of an incident, both groups have joined forces to offer first aid services,” he explained.

Galaviz said that the program was created at the request of the Asociados Náuticos de Quintana Roo who asked the Red Cross of Cancun to offer paramedic services in surveillance boats. He says with paramedics at sea, timely attention can be more easily provided in the event of an incident.

There are two boats that have been made available for the Red Cross paramedics to use.

“The service will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on their boats. The paramedic staff available are equipped with the knowledge on attending to water emergencies,” he said.

“In situations that warrant it, the patient will be transferred to the mainland where a waiting ambulance will take them to hospital,” he added.