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Yachtsmen on the Mar Menor may face breath tests

Sailors on the Mar Menor lagoon near the five-star resort of La Manga are being warned by police not to mix drinking with sailing, the Times reports.

Murcia's civil protection agency has proposed breath checks for excessive levels of alcohol for yachtsmen tying up their craft at harbours on the lagoon, which has seen a growing number of boating accidents over the summer.

Holidaymakers living the high life at the world-class holiday complex of La Manga sometimes choose to continue the party by visiting bars and nightclubs on the opposite side of 45-mile long lagoon.

But with more police making breath checks on the roads around the resort, growing numbers are taking to their yachts to reach the opposite coast, according to Nicola Coleman (25), a British holidaymaker at La Manga.

"The entrance to La Manga is blocked by police at weekends to try to crack down on the drink-driving," she told the Times.

"The trouble is that means more people are taking the boats out."

This summer has already seen ten serious night-time accidents on the lagoon and one death.

While the Mar Menor offers visitors to La Manga a range of pleasures and diversions, those taking boats out on to the water should be warned that drinking while sailing is just as dangerous driving under the influence.


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