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Woman slapped with $400 fine after calling police to help 2 drowning men

By Mason White 5:25 PM October 20, 2014
Nuria shows off her summons 

By: Chan Yuan
A woman was slapped with a fine after being a good Samaritan and calling police to help rescue two men, who were drowning off the coast of Spain.

The incident began when 22-year-old Nuria of Andalusia, was walking with her mother in Fuengirola.

She saw what appeared to be two men struggling on a floating mattress at sea. Nuria said that she would have not been able to sleep at night, if she turned the other way.

“It was almost 10:00 p.m., and I saw that they were starting to make signs with red lights,” she said. She contacted police, but officers dismissed her concerns.

Nuria then recruited other people on the beach to help convince the police to act. Finally, the reluctant officers called the Coast Guard.

After half an hour, a boat and a helicopter arrived at the scene. Police said that the two swimmers were actually fishermen in a canoe, who have not realized all the drama on the shore.

Nuria was ordered to pay for the cost of the operation. If she pays within 15 days, her bill will be 150 euros (1 euro = $1.28), but her bill will double to 300 euros after that time.