El Río Is Too Much At Travesía a Nado El Río

El Río Is Too Much At Travesía a Nado El Río

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 22nd annual 2.6 km interisland Travesía a Nado El Río from Lanzarote to La Graciosa in the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias).

The island-to-island crossing traverses between the islands of Lanzarote and La Graciosa is in a gorgeous Marine Reserve called El Río (‘The River‘). El Río can be impassable for most swimmers depending on the strength of the tidal flow.

The Travesía a Nado El Rio on October 4th was one of those days. Sarah McNaney reported, “Unfortunately, the race was suspended halfway through. 90% of the swimmers had to be pulled out of the water due to very strong currents. Respect to the civil guard and rescue teams for their efficient assistance in the water.”

Fellow British swimmer Linda Richards agreed, “The rescue boats were great as had so many of us to help and the happy atmosphere carried on till we jumped in to swim to the end.”

Video of the previous year’s race is here:

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Steven Munatones