British couple are airlifted to safety in Tenerife

  • A couple, aged 45 and 46, got into difficulties while swimming in Tenerife
  • They had to be airlifted out of the water by emergency services and a helicopter
  • They were swimming at Charco de La Laja, known for its strong currents
  • Both were suffering from hypothermia when they were rescued on Tuesday 

By Rebecca Taylor and Rita Sobot In Tenerife For Mail Online

Published: 17:11 EST, 15 February 2017 | Updated: 17:12 EST, 15 February 2017

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This is the dramatic moment two swimmers with mild hypothermia were rescued off the coast of Tenerife.

Video footage shot from a rescue helicopter, shows a man and a woman being pulled to safety off the coast of San Juan de la Rambla.

The couple, aged 45 and 46, got into difficulties whilst swimming in the sea off the coast of the popular resort in the north of Tenerife.

The rescuers were called to the coastline after two swimmers, a British couple, got into difficulties The rescuers were called to the coastline after two swimmers, a British couple, got into difficulties

The rescuers were called to the coastline after two swimmers, a British couple, got into difficulties

Waters had been tricky because of stormy weather affecting Tenerife, where the British couple were swimming Waters had been tricky because of stormy weather affecting Tenerife, where the British couple were swimming

Waters had been tricky because of stormy weather affecting Tenerife, where the British couple were swimming

Dramatic footage shows a rescuer dropping into the sea in order to pull the man and the woman out with them Dramatic footage shows a rescuer dropping into the sea in order to pull the man and the woman out with them

Dramatic footage shows a rescuer dropping into the sea in order to pull the man and the woman out with them

The emergency services were called out and crew members with the rescue helicopter were able to pick them out from the air.

Despite the gusty conditions which made hovering very difficult, they were plucked to safety one after the other as they came perilously close to rocks battered by strong waves.

Rescuers said the man and the woman had both shown signs of near drowning in the incident Rescuers said the man and the woman had both shown signs of near drowning in the incident

Rescuers said the man and the woman had both shown signs of near drowning in the incident

The couple both suffered from hypothermia and had to be taken to hospital for treatment The couple both suffered from hypothermia and had to be taken to hospital for treatment

The couple both suffered from hypothermia and had to be taken to hospital for treatment

They were swimming at Charco de La Laja, which is known for its strong currents, but is picturesque They were swimming at Charco de La Laja, which is known for its strong currents, but is picturesque

They were swimming at Charco de La Laja, which is known for its strong currents, but is picturesque

The man and woman were swimming at Charco de La Laja, on the coast between San Juan de la Rambla and La Guancha when Valentine's Day nearly turned to tragedy.

The area is very picturesque but notorious for its strong currents.

Rescuers said both showed signs of near drowning and had to be airlifted to a clinic in the north of the island for treatment. Both were suffering from hypothermia.

The identity of the couple has not been released.

The incident came during a spell of stormy weather for the Canaries which caused widespread damage, including to banana plantations.

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