The Spanish Coast Guard rescued a sailor in the Atlantic Ocean trapped under his capsized boat for 16 hours. The man had been in a bubble under his boat the entire time. One of the divers involved told Spanish media that his survival “borders on the impossible”.
The sailor, a 62-year-old Frenchman, had left Lisbon on Sunday morning with his 12-meter boat. On Monday evening, he sent out a distress signal when he ran into trouble some 20 kilometers from the Spanish islands of Sisargas.
Three helicopters and a lifeboat traveled there and found the boat upside down in the ocean. A diver heard a bang from inside, but the sea was too rough for a rescue.
Buoys were attached to the boat so that it did not sink:
Sailor survives 16 hours under capsized boat
The next morning, conditions improved and two divers managed to join the crew member. The Frenchman turned out to be in a knee-deep bubble in freezing water. He was wearing a wetsuit.
With the help of divers, the sailor was able to swim under his boat. He was taken to hospital by helicopter, where he was found to be in good health.
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