A man was fined on an Alicante beach because the red flag was flying and he was still in the ocean swimming.

This is the first time that the police in Alicante have enforced the red flag sanction, which can carry a maximum fine of 1,500 Euro and a minimum fine of 750 euro.

The new law passed by Alicante City Hall makes it a finable offence to swim while the red flag is flying warning people of dangers in the sea.  The red flag is launched by Red Cross lifeguards when the sea is considered dangerous to be swimming in.

Municipal reports stated that the authorities were simply trying to extend a warning to the man in the sea that he should get out but the man’s reported failure to heed their warnings claiming that he would swim if he liked resulted in the fine.