A minor died this Tuesday drowned when bathing with a group of friends in the Ambroz lagoons, located in the San Blas-Canillejas district of Madrid.
The boy, about 16 years and originally from Mali, he had disappeared when he was bathing in one of the rafts along with a group of about eight minors, according to police sources informed Europa Press.
The first indications collected in the place suggest that the minor I didn’t swim very well and, at a certain point, it sank into the water. Friends who were with him when the events occurred lost contact with the boy and alerted the emergency services.
Firefighters of the Madrid City Council were from the first moment working on the superficial search of the area. For their part, divers from the Special Operations Group (GEO) of the National Police carried out various dives in water.
Finally, the police officers located the body of the minor inside the lagoons, in a remote place with difficult access located between the districts of San Blas-Canillejas and Vicálvaro and the municipality of Coslada.
In the place a device of the Samur-Civil Protection was also deployed, reported sources from Emergencias Madrid.
In 2018 another 21-year-old died in these same drowning while bathing in these same lagoons, very close to the M-40. Previously, a 12-year-old boy had already died in 2012, also from drowning.
The lagoons or pools of Ambroz, where it is bathing prohibited, and that are between the M-40 and the R-3, arose as a result of the exploitation of a sepiolite mine.
The Tolsa mining company is waiting for the Community to renew its permits to resume mining, while Ecologists in Action have asked the Ministry of the Environment not to authorize it because the pools are now a site that gives refuge to fifty species of birds, reports Efe.
These pools have up to 25 meters deep in some areas.