Finnish Ro / Ro saves three from capsized sailboat off Portugal


Image courtesy of Godby Shipping / Kenneth Lindeman

Posted on Nov 11, 2020 5:14 PM by

The maritime executive

The ro / ro flying the Finnish flag Midas rescued three sailors from a capsized sailboat off Portugal last weekend, its owners reported.

The 15-meter catamaran sailboat capsized on Friday at a position of about 150 nautical miles off Portugal, and three crew members abandoned the vessel on a life raft.

Saturday, Midas passed near the accident victim during a transatlantic voyage. At around 4.30 p.m., the Portuguese authorities asked him to come to the scene to investigate an EPIRB distress signal.

That night, she arrived at the site and located the raft of survivors. The surface conditions were too difficult to launch the lifeboat from the ship, so the crew waited until daylight to make arrangements to bring the raft to dock. Once in position, they fired over a rocket line towards the raft and fired it.

Images courtesy of Godby Shipping / Kenneth Lindeman / Kalle Lehtinen

“Everyone on board is doing well given the dire circumstances. We are grateful for the outcome of the rescue and extremely proud of the craftsmanship of our crew,” operator Godby Shipping said in a statement.

The three survivors were dropped off in the Azores, and the Midas continued his journey to Florida.

A fourth crew member of the sailboat did not survive the capsizing, and the body was found by Portuguese SAR officers on Saturday evening.


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