Lifeguards Without Borders teamed up with Paul Dunning and his California-based Project Ecudaor in 2011 to help protect Ecuadorian beach-goers during the busy Carnaval holiday. Project Ecuador has been responsible for sending lifeguards to coastlines throughout the country since 2006, and this year the Lifeguards Without Borders team was responsible for the Salinas peninsula in the Santa Elena province. Our fifteen lifeguards trained and worked alongside local lifeguards, dividing their resources between four popular beaches in the area. Over the course of the holiday, an Ecuadorian officials estimate that over 200,000 people visited the Santa Elena provincial coastline. Lifeguards Without Borders performed 1,878 recorded interventions, 55 rescues, reunited 2 lost children with their families, and responded to one open leg fracture on the street while walking back to the hostel after a long day.
Official reports state that over 600,000 tourists swarmed beaches nationwide, however, no drownings were reported at any of the beaches protected by Project Ecuador and Lifeguards Without Borders. Lifeguards Without Borders sends a big thank you and congratulations to Paul Dunning and Gabriela Muñoz for all their help and support and for their service to the people of Ecuador.