5 rescued after orcas sink boat off Portuguese coast

5 rescued after orcas sink boat off Portuguese coast



This morning a sailboat sank, off Sines, after an encounter with orcas, according to a statement from the Portuguese Navy.

Five crew members were rescued by the fishing vessel “Festas André”, which was nearby, under the coordination of the Portuguese Navy, in conjunction with the Captain of the Port of Sines.

“The Navy, through the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Lisbon, in conjunction with the Captain of the Port of Sines, coordinated, this morning, the rescue of five crew members who were on the life raft of their sailboat after it sunk following an interaction with orcas 11 km off the coast”.

The alert for the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Lisbon was given shortly after midnight by the sailboat itself, which indicated that it was taking on water after an encounter with orcas.

“The fishing vessel “Festas André” was immediately engaged, which carried out the rescue of the five people on board, and a vessel from the Sines Lifeguard Station that accompanied the fishing vessel to the port of Sines, where it docked safely at 2:43”, the Navy statement concluded.

This article was first published by The Portugal News on 31 July 2022. 


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