News articles from the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura
Two German tourists who were walking between Vallehermoso and Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera were killed last week after falling into a barranco. The two, aged 63 and 65, were part of a group of three men and two women who set off on the footpaths of the Barranco of Argaga. At an abrupt point, one of the women held on to the other to steady herself, but unfortunately the two of them fell some 5 metres. The 65 year-old was killed instantly in the fall. Due to the rugged terrain, the rescue was extremely difficult and involved police and firemen, together with an emergency helicopter. The injured woman was taken to hospital in La Gomera and later transferred to Tenerife´s La Candelaria Hospital, where she died shortly after admission.
In Lanzarote, Guardia Civil officers have recently detained a hotel employee who used the master keys to enter hotel rooms. According to the 48 year-old man´s confession, he had entered 32 rooms and stolen goods valued at more than 20,000 euros. He had been employed as one of the maintenance staff at the Puerto del Carmen hotel, from where a set of master keys had gone missing. Investigations had been under way for more than a year following numerous robberies which all bore the same characteristics – of no signs of forced entry.
In the south of Tenerife, specialist Guardia Civil officers have recently confiscated 51 tortoises, which are known to be categorised as threatened or protected species. Investigations began recently when it became known that an establishment in the district of Arona specialised in the sale of this type of tortoise. The owner of the shop stated that he had acquired them from Santa Brigida in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It appears that they had originally been purchased in Morocco for around 10 euros each and had arrived in the Canaries by sea. 51 examples were found which had been bought by 5 separate people for around 144 euros each. They have all been sent to the Cabildo´s Recuperation Centre.
In the north west of Tenerife, The Cabildo
plans to spend some 94,000 euros on improvements to the C-820 road, at Buen
Paso, near Icod de los Vinos. The portion of the old road in question gives
access to the higher part of Buen Paso and has seen much development in recent
years, both residential and business.