Monday, August 2

A device searches against the clock for the missing girl in the San Juan de Madrid reservoir | Madrid


At least thirty troops have resumed the search for the 10-year-old girl who yesterday disappeared in the San Juan reservoir, in Madrid, when she was on a boat with her family. The firefighter officer of the Community of Madrid, Roberto Prieto, who participates in the device, has explained that the “lack of visibility” in the water, the existence of currents and the depth at which they are looking, between 15 and 20 meters, increase the complexity of the operation. An emergency source adds that the fact that the exact point where the little girl fell is not known also makes the search difficult.

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The search focuses on an area bounded with orange and yellow buoys where the family believes the little girl may have fallen, about 50 meters from the jetty of the urbanization where the girl’s family lives. A Civil Guard ship and two Red Cross Zodiacs operate in this area. On the small beach there are two tents – one for civil protection and another for the Fire Department – and two umbrellas that serve as a base of operations and protect the search team from the intense sun this Wednesday.

The urbanization where the family home is located, Ciudad San Ramón, is next to Pelayos de la Presa and next to another neighborhood, that of Veracruz. It is an area of ​​tall trees, dotted with chalets, many of them with private pools. Ciudad San Ramón has two entrances and private security. At one of the access doors, a dozen flags pay tribute, according to a sign, to the nationalities of the residents, both current and former, of the urbanization. Among them are Spaniards, Danes, Americans, Venezuelans and Argentines. It is common for many of the residents of this colony to also have a small boat or sailboat with which they navigate through the swamp.

The Civil Guard and Red Cross team deployed in the area where they believe the minor may have fallen into the San Juan reservoir.
The Civil Guard and Red Cross team deployed in the area where they believe the minor may have fallen into the San Juan reservoir.Victor Sainz

The participants in the operation have not specified the type of boat the family was on, or how many people were on it, but they did specify that other minors were traveling on it. On the private jetty of the urbanization there were fifty boats and a row of about 15 small sailboats this Wednesday morning. From the jetty, a boat from the Special Group of Underwater Activities of the Civil Guard (GEAS) leaves and enters from time to time. Together with him, two other Red Cross zodiacs work that remain fixed at the point of the reservoir where the girl’s trail was lost.

In parallel, forest agents comb the area around the swamp and a helicopter flies over the area. The regional firefighters were the first to reactivate the search at seven in the morning with five drones manned by two pilots.

The relatives did not see her fall

It was mid-afternoon when the family decided this Monday to return in their boat to their home in the Ciudad San Ramón urbanization. At half past six in the afternoon, a call from the little girl’s aunt to the emergency service alerted that a 10-year-old girl had disappeared. But her relatives did not see her fall, so it is difficult to determine where she fell into the water. Some sources suggest that the little girl was on a platform in the back.

The Summa psychologists have been treating the girl’s relatives since yesterday afternoon

The Civil Guard has opened an investigation to clarify what happened and the Summa psychologists have been treating the girl’s relatives since yesterday afternoon. No further details have been given apart from her age, nor have they specified whether or not the little girl was wearing a safety vest. Cars have not stopped coming and going this morning from the family’s urbanization, between residents and workers, but all have kept silent about what happened.

Three years ago, the San Martín de Valdeiglesias City Council incorporated a surveillance service to the reservoir in order to avoid drowning and other types of accidents. The Consistory regulates the two areas in which bathing is authorized by the Community of Madrid (Virgen de la Nueva and El Muro).

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