Costa del Sol: Woman bitten by wild boar while sunbathing on the beach

wild boar on the beach

The whereabouts of the wild boar are unknown (Image: Facebook)

An unsuspecting sunbather was bitten when a wild boar rampaged on a Costa del Sol beach.

The disoriented animal ran out of the sea and charged the 67-year-old woman before lifeguards quickly sounded the alarm.

Emergency services were called to El Albir beach around 11am this morning while lifeguards chased the animal away from sunbathers.

The woman later underwent treatment for a “minor” leg injury at a local health center and was given a course of antibiotics to prevent infection.

The wild boar had been spotted in the water by boat crews who alerted lifeguards on the beach, who made an unsuccessful attempt to capture it.

It is thought to have found its way from the nearby Serra Gelada Natural Park, which stretches across Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea. It is not known where the animal is now.

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The attack comes days after the nearby resort of Denia prepared to use archers to protect tourists from wild animals roaming at night.

Officials had considered deploying strategically placed cage traps with cameras so authorities could track the number of wild boar entering the city – but the attempt was unsuccessful.

Councilors have since confirmed they are in contact with archers – as it would not be legal to use guns.

They hope the shooters can prevent wild boars from eating farmers’ crops, causing traffic accidents and trampling on golf courses.

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Justin Scacco

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