A 62-year-old French man managed to survive 16 hours at sea in an air bubble formed after his boat capsized.
The 12-metre ship, which left Portugal’s capital Lisbon, sent an emergency signal from somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday night.
The Spanish coast guard found the boat upside down, but the tide was too hard to attempt a rescue, which meant the man had to wait until dawn.
Coast Guard divers said his escape was nearly impossible.
The boat initiated a distress call at 8:23 pm local time on Monday, 26 nautical kilometers from the Cisargas Islands, near the Galician region.
A rescue boat with 5 divers and 3 helicopters was dispatched to rescue the man, whose identity is still unknown.
One of the divers hung from a cable to the boat to look for signs of life, and the man responded by hitting from inside the boat.
The tide was high and the sun had already set, so rescuers put up floating balloons to save the ship from sinking and waited until dawn.
The next day, two divers descended to the bottom of the boat to help the sailor, who was found wearing a live wetsuit. He was standing on his knees in the water.
The man jumped into the icy water and swam under the boat and came to the surface of the sea.
Coast Guard Special Operations Team member Vicente Cobello said the man jumped into the water “on his own initiative”.
The rescue team took him to the hospital by helicopter.
Remember that you can receive notifications from BBC Mundo. Download the new version of our app and activate it so you don’t miss out on our best content.
World Nation News-news-src: https://www.World Nation News.com/mundo/noticias-62416674, date of import: 2022-08-04 23:10:05