62-Year-Old Trapped Inside Capsized Sailboat Survives 16 Hours In Freezing Atlantic Ocean

A 62-year-old Frenchman survived 16 hours trapped in an air bubble inside his capsized sailboat within the Atlantic Ocean close to Galicia, Spain, on Tuesday afternoon, in accordance with CNN. The person, who has but to be named, endured a complete evening in chilly waters earlier than being rescued.

Whereas the Spanish coast guard was alerted Monday at 8:23 p.m. to the sailor’s misery sign, the seas have been too harmful to try a rescue dive, in accordance with the BBC. As a result of situations, the person’s survival was not assured, divers mentioned.

“‘On the edge of the impossible, in an operation against the clock, with rough seas, at night, 15 miles from the coast and in the middle of nowhere,’” tweeted the Maritime Safety and Rescue Society on Wednesday. “Yesterday we successfully completed the rescue of the French crew member who spent 16 hours inside his overturned sailboat in Malpica.”

Monitoring information confirmed the person had set sail Sunday from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, in accordance with The Guardian. The seek for his boat concerned three helicopters and one rescue ship with 5 divers, who discovered the person’s 40-foot boat named Jeanne Solo Sailor about 15 miles from the Sisargas Islands close to Galicia.

Whereas he couldn’t rescue him but, one courageous diver was lowered from one of many helicopters with a winch to connect buoyancy balloons to the boat to maintain it afloat till situations improved. The diver additionally confirmed the sailor was alive by having his knocks towards the hull returned from inside.

Dramatic footage shared Wednesday by Spain’s Maritime Safety and Rescue Society confirmed two divers braving a rescue Tuesday afternoon. They discovered the sailor in a neoprene swimsuit and submerged as much as his knees, just for him to leap into the water.

“Of his own initiative he got into the water and freedived out, helped by the divers who had to pull him through because it was difficult for him to get out in his suit,” mentioned Vincent Cobelo, a member of the coast guard’s particular operations workforce.

The sailor was subsequently airlifted and briefly hospitalized however was launched shortly after with out accidents.

The coast guard tweeted, “Each life saved is our greatest reward.”