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Crew Member Rescued From Fishing Vessel

The Portuguese Navy, through the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Subcentre of Funchal (MRSC Funchal), in conjunction with SANAS Madeira, carried out a medical rescue of a 46-year-old fisherman, who had fallen aboard the fishing vessel ‘Mestre Afonso.’

The alert was received at around 17:05 by the MRSC Funchal by the boat’s captain, who was sailing 10 nautical miles (about 16 kilometers) north of Ponta Delgada, stating that a crew member had fallen and cut his head.

The rescue was straightforward, and at 18:45 the injured man arrived in Porto Moniz, where he was was met by Maritime Police officers,  and then taken by ambulance to hospital.

Earlier this week, the Portuguese Navy rescued a 50-year-old man who had also fallen.

The fishing vessel, ‘Falcão do Mar’ was 12 nautical miles (19 km) off the west coast of Porto Santo when the accident occurred.

The rescue mission was a success, and the man was later taken to hospital.

Samantha Gannon

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