Beachgoers at Daimús beach in Valencia gathered around the shore on Monday as a man spent up to two hours swimming in dangerous waters, completely ignoring the clearly signposted red flags and the lifeguards’ cries.
Lifeguards were left with no other choice but to call local police, whose orders fell on deaf ears as the man continued to nonchalantly turn a blind eye to the scene he was causing.
Officers and lifeguards then contacted Spain’s Civil Guard police, who usually handle more serious crimes and felonies than civil disobedience at the beach.
Hay bandera roja y te bañas. El socorrista te dice que salgas.Como no sales llama a policía local. La Policía Local,te dice que salgas y como no lo haces llama a la guardia civil. Llega la Guardia Civil, y como no sales se mete a por ti y te detiene ???https://t.co/scbGgWJNVI pic.twitter.com/SyZHjGK0vb
— CPU Policías Unidos (@CPU_Police) August 29, 2018
Nonetheless, one officer marched in to the sea fully dressed in his uniform and then proceeded to pull the man out of the sea.
Once on dry land, the Guardia Civil officer restrained the man and handcuffed him, as scores of beachgoers filming with their mobiles clapped and cheered the police intervention.
¿Se puede ser más (…) que este tipo? En una playa valenciana se niega a salir del agua a pesar de que hay bandera roja, de que los socorristas se lo piden, de que se lo ordenan agentes de la Policía Local… Hasta que llega la Guardia Civil. pic.twitter.com/VwTvPOoqMP
— Luis Alcázar (@luisalcazar_) August 29, 2018
“He was in a really bad mood, he started insulting officers and bystanders,” a waiter at the local chiringuito bar told Spanish TV channel La Sexta.
“He said he fancied going for a swim and couldn’t care less that there was a red flag,” a Civil Guard officer told the channel.
The man spent the night in prison and is awaiting trial for serious civil disobedience, which in Valencia can result in a fine of up to €3,000.