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
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
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
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
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.