President chokes on food – and praises the prompt intervention of the commander of the Santana Fire Department

Photo: Orlando Drummond

The President of the Regional Government choked on food during a lunch held yesterday afternoon at a restaurant in Santana. The Diario reports that after the unexpected accident, “Alberto João Jardim praised the presence of the commander of the Fire Department of Santana who acted quickly. In two consecutive actions, José Manuel Freitas managed to get the President of the Government to breathe again without too much difficulty. Despite the rapidity of the reaction the occurrence was a shock to the president and his company”.

Later, in a good mood during the visit, the president admitted that the prompt intervention of the fire chief was important and could have avoided serious problems.

“No one knows for sure exactly what happened. There was just a minor accident during lunch. Nothing more than that”. Later the president himself commented to Jorge Romeira, physician and mayor of San Vicente, that he “had a rib which still ached but the rest was good”.

Thanks to Peter for alerting me to the above story.

In other news a local man died after falling from Cliffs in Calheta on 14th July

23 thoughts on “President chokes on food – and praises the prompt intervention of the commander of the Santana Fire Department”

  1. Has anyone used before? They are a great deal cheaper than anyone else and that makes me a little nervous! This will be my first time driving on the wrong side of the road so I would suggest staying well clear of the airport on August 4th.

  2. We have several guests who have used “economycarrentals” and have have good service with a good car. Indeed, recently I was a “co” driver for friends who hired through “ecr” and helped them sign for/collect the car at the Rodavante Airport site – polite and friendly service with a good nearly new SEAT car. It’s a bit of a walk from the arrivals lounge/paperwork area to the car collection point, across the walkway above the Rapida and two lift (or stair) journeys, so you may like to leave the rest of your party at the Arrivals lounge cafe area and then collect them with your hire car…..also saves you carrying the luggage! There is a dedicated “parking” area for “drop off/pickup” of passengers, outside the main arrivals sliding doors, just after the Zebra crossing, a pull in layby to the right, outside the cafe! Have a a good Holiday Adrian!

  3. We are regular visitors to Madeira and always use economy car hire based in norfolk UK the rates are very good we always book a Seat Ibiza type and then email Rodavante and they confirm that is the model we will get and then you get used to one type of vehicle very good

  4. Not sure if people are getting “” and “” mixed up. We used the latter regularly up until a couple of years ago and can highly recommend them. As Sue says they tend to book you in with Rodavente but at a serious discount to their “list” price. Perhaps both are equally good?

  5. Fair point Admin……in retrospect and in truth, it WAS “economycarhire”……sorry if I have given the wrong impression, Thank you. However, comments re Rodavente still stand ,,,,

  6. My brother and his wife have used Rodavente several times and been happy with their service. Other family members weren’t that happy with Europecar who are promoted by Easyjet. My nephew was given a car with a wet seat.

  7. I can add to the general praise for Economy Car Rentals/Rodavante… I’ve only ever used them and am always happy with the cars and the price. I off-hired once and then realised I’d left important paperwork in the apartment I was staying in. The representative gave me the keys and let me drive back into Funchal. She had to off-hire twice and I doubt many other places would have been happy for me to have done that.

  8. Thanks for all the feedback. I searched around on the net and found a forum discussing economycarrentals. Despite being address they are actually based in Greece. Their zero excess offer, which is what attracts, is dependent on some small print. You must actually pay for any damage to the car rental company and then claim it back by post from ECR. You must include as well as all original documents, receipts and credit card bills, a police report even for a scratch which you only discover at the airport. In other words a scam.
    On a happier note I can book direct from Rodavente with a 10% online discount. I can then take up easyjet`s offer to pay double the difference if I find a cheaper offer. Rodavente is about 1/3 the price of the Easyjet price so they would actually be paying me! Small problem is that Rodavente`s website booking clock isn`t working properly and keeps trying to confirm my required times as am not pm.
    Or I could take the bus.

  9. from dnoticias Funchal and Porto Santo with “extreme level” of UV radiation

    Four regions of Portugal will now record an “extreme value” of ultraviolet radiation, so people should avoid exposure to the sun, reports the Institute of Meteorology (IM).

    The regions concerned are Penhas Guard and Golden, mainland Portugal and Funchal and Porto Santo in the Madeira archipelago.

    The same source, all other 23 regions by the IM will have a value of “very high” of ultraviolet (UV), with an index in December

    Ultraviolet radiation can cause serious damage to health if the level exceeds the safety limits, according to information available at the IM.

    The index has five levels of this radiation, between the “low” and “extreme”, the maximum being 11

  10. Is there another fire out above Santa Cruz tonight? The Diario is reporting that the one there that was extinguished yesterday reignited, and fine ash is falling in Funchal – with a distinct smell of burning – but apparently from the opposite direction?

  11. We did have a fire, two valleys away and approx 8 km from us, yesterday p.m.
    Only some smoke visible from here, in Gaula.
    It seemed well contained and appeared to be put out quickly – twice.
    Very hot again today but hopefully with less wind……..

  12. Martin, Bertie’s details as follows:

    Sua Ex.a
    Sr. Presidente do Governo
    Regional da RAM
    Quinta Vigia
    Avenida do Infante

    …just up from St Catarina park, nice big quinta, just before Casino.
    Gardens open to the public and you can hand deliver your letter to his (resident) secretary……although he did ignore our petition some years ago, we won in court!

  13. Any cool nightclubs in funchal? what is the best bar? ive been twice before a long time ago in the 90’s and loved the island, so beautiful. very nice at night in funchal. Got so incredibly drunk, but behaved myself, im not a lout, i drink and just get happy.

  14. James Mortimer – is it worthwhile talking about a good night out and best bars whilst people’s lives are at risk. The above comment proves you are not just a lout, but an incredibly idiotic one.


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