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Portuguese Navy Assist Sailboat

The Portuguese Navy, through the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Sub-Centre (MRSC Funchal) yesterday coordinated a relief operation to assist a 10-metre-long UK flagged sailboat called “Wanderer” struggling ten miles north off Porto Santo.

Manned by a single South African crew member the ship’s engines had failed and the bad weather meant that he couldn’t use the sails. The alert was received at MRSC Funchal at 08:38 am, and the NRP Tagus patrol vessel and the Porto Santo Port Captaincy’s lifeboat was immediately launched.  In addition, the MRSC Funchal maintained close contact with the ship, communicating with the skipper every 30 minutes and subsequently alerted the “AMN-O3-SG ORCA” vessel of the Maritime Police.

The sailboat was successfully towed to Porto Santo marina by the APRAM “Comandante Cristiano de Sousa” and arrived safely in port at 18:15.

On arrival, the skipper underwent a medical examination as a precautionary measure, and no medical assistance was needed.

Samantha Gannon

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