Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 22, 2017

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Seven Detained In Drugs Bust

The Guardia Civil has carried out raids on various places in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria to break up a drug ring operating in the islands. Cocaine and other drugs were being brought to the islands from Venezuela, for onward distribution by mules to the mainland of Spain. A total of 13 people were arrested on the two island (7 in Lanzarote) and 180KG of cocaine was confiscated.

Water In Timanfaya

A study carried out by engineer Carlos Soler has concluded that there is a huge underground “Water bag" under the Timanfaya mountain range. A study by the University of Barcelona explains that the area, which was the most fertile on the island before the eruptions, has been trapping water ever since, which then slowly flows toward the sea. The estimate is that there are 17 Million Cubic metres available in the aquifer, which would cover a substantial proportion of the island’s needs.

Campaign To Get People On The Buses

The Cabildo has announced a campaign to encourage more people to use the island’s bus services. With the title “Guagüismo - Let yourself go!" (Guagua is bus in Canarian Spanish,) there will be an additional €500,000 of subsidies for the bus services, students will enjoy 50% subsidies and those with mobility issues 30%. The island currently has 35 bus routes, with 346 stops.

Child Injured In Swimming Pool Accident

A 6 year old British girl, Darcey Morgan, was stuck underwater at a hotel swimming pool in Playa Blanca over the Easter period, when her hair was sucked into a pool filter. She was given CPR at the scene and taken to hospital and was released the following morning. The holiday company, First Choice, are liaising with the hotel to investigate the incident and to check that safety standards in the pool are being complied with.

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