Rescue Board: Midsummer Eve brought most concerns about bonfires ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Midsummer bonfire on a beach in Estonia. Photo is illustrative.
Midsummer bonfire on a beach in Estonia. Photo is illustrative. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

For the Rescue Board (Päästeamet), Midsummer Eve and Midsummer night were busier than in previous years, the most challenges were related to people's concerns about the bonfires in neighbors' yard areas.

Erkki Põld, the chief steward of the Rescue Board, told ERR that there were about 50 percent more challenges for the team than in previous years. 

"However, there were fewer events with serious consequences, as most of the events were still related to people's concerns about the neighbors' bonfire. But there were also invitations places where the bonfire was left unattended," he added. 

According to Põld, the statistics show that people have become more attentive and call more boldly when they see that their neighbors are making a bigger fire. 

At the same time, there were bonfires that were carelessly made. "There were also such events that it is worth mentioning that on Tuesday, for example, in the Muhu municipality, the material from the demolition of the old house was burned in a fire."

One person drowned on Midsummer Eve 

Unfortunately, in warm weather, there are more cases where people go swimming drunk and it ends tragically. 

According to Põld, the Rescue Board did not receive any water rescue challenges on Saturday. On Jaanipäev, a drunk man drowned in Ida-Virumaa county. 

"At about noon around 14, the alarm center learned that a man who had consumed alcohol went swimming in Lake Uljaste in Ida-Virumaa and sank underwater. Rescuers responded quickly to the scene, found the man, took him ashore, and began resuscitation, but unfortunately, it did not work," explained Põld.

Põld invites people to take into account the consideration of not going for a swim when they have consumed alcohol. He adds that it is important to take care of their loved ones if they are drunk and want to go nearby the water area. In this year alone, 31 people have drowned in Estonia due to being drunk and going for a swim.  

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Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein

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