Spanish coastguard rescues French sailor stuck for 16 hours in capsized boat

Advertisement

[ad_1]

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

Spanish Coastguard divers rescued a 62-year-old French sailor who survived for 16 hours inside an air bubble from his capsized ship as it drifted in the Atlantic Ocean, it was announced on Tuesday officials.

The Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society has located the French sailboat Jeanne SOLO Sailor which capsized about 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off Spain’s northwest region of Galicia, the agency said.

The 40ft boat had set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday morning and sent out a distress signal just before 9pm on Monday, Reuters reported, citing the coast guard.

Rescuers located the overturned vessel and a diver was winched to the hull to check if anyone was alive, officials said. The trapped man responded to the diver’s blows to the hull by pushing back.

EXPLOSION AT WWII GERMAN AMMUNITION DEPOT STARTS FIRE NEAR BERLIN

The divers described the rescue operation as “bordering on impossible”, the outlet reported.

The waters were too rough to attempt a rescue until morning, the agency said. Rescuers attached buoyancy devices to the hull to prevent the vessel from sinking further.

The French sailboat Jeanne SOLO Sailor overturned about 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off Spain's northwest region of Galicia, officials said.
Advertisement

The French sailboat Jeanne SOLO Sailor overturned about 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off Spain’s northwest region of Galicia, officials said.
(Salvamento Maritimo/Handout via REUTERS)

Once morning arrived, two divers swam under the sailboat and found the man, who was not identified, in knee-deep water.

The man was able to dive out of the vessel alone, with the help of divers, and reach the surface of the ocean, the coast guard said.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

He was treated in a hospital and then released.

“Every life saved is our greatest reward,” the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society said in a tweet.

[ad_2]

You Can Read Also

World News

Advertisement

malek

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.