The dangers of levada walking
The newspapers are full of reports of minor accidents over the last 24 hours a couple involving tourists on levadas:
Levada do Rei, in São Jorge
The Santana Volunteer Firefighters were in São Jorge to help a man who suffered a fall yesterday when he walked the Levada do Rei in São Jorge. The man, about 60 years old, suffered injuries to a lower limb, and was transported to the Santana Health Centre and later transferred to Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.
This trail begins at the Water Treatment Plant in Quebradas in São Jorge and ends at the same place.
Estanquinhos / Bica da Cana
Yesterday also saw the Volunteer Firefighters of Ribeira Brava and Ponta do Sol called out to the path between Estanquinhos and Bica da Cana, where another tourist suffered a fall. Apparently the victim was suspected to have a broken leg. Two vehicles attended, including an ambulance. The tourist must be transported to Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.
Elsewhere, the Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters and the Portuguese Red Cross rescued two injured people yesterday morning resulting from an accident on the Eira do Serrado road in Funchal. Another minor accident occurred in Machico a 15-year-old boy was injured yesterday morning due to a collision between a car and a bicycle. An elderly women feel in Tabua, whilst a woman was found unconscious, around 1:35 pm, on a plot of land in Paul do Mar, and a refrigerated wagon turned over on the road from Camacha to Funchal.
Finally, two participants in the Calheta Rally, suffered a collision – both were on the connecting link between the Strait of Calheta and Jardim do Mar, when the cars collided, resulting in considerable damage.