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Rescuers save crew in rough seas off Gibraltar

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Royal Navy personnel and marine police in Gibraltar rescued three crew members after their vessel sank in rough seas and heavy rain.

Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) Marine Section officers responded to a distress call from a vessel adrift approximately one nautical mile off Europa Point, at the south of the island, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

The rough conditions and poor visibility made it difficult for the rescue team to spot the vessel, until the crew fired a flare.

It was spotted by Royal Navy personnel at Wind Mill Hill Signal Station who directed the police vessel to the stricken vessel, which was partially submerged and taking on water.

Due to the heavy swell, the police vessel was unable to come alongside the swamped vessel without endangering both crews and vessels, so the three occupants swam to the police vessel and were helped on board.

The rescued crew members were taken to land by the police crew for medical treatment, Customs vessel HM Customs Searcher, which had arrived to assist with the rescue, remained with the stricken vessel. Any recovery was later abandoned due to rough weather.

One of the men was treated for hypothermia at St Bernard’s hospital and was later discharged.

During the rescue one of the RGP officers was slightly injured while assisting one of the crew members.

The main image of Europa Point is from Wikipedia and is reproduced under CreativeCommons.
Feb 09, 2017