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Sailboat sinks in Portugal, killing 4

Published : 04 Nov 2023, 02:17

  DF News Desk
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Four people died in the sinking of a sailboat off the coast of Portugal on Friday, reported Xinhua, quoting the Portuguese National Maritime Authority (AMN).

The accident occurred at Formosa Beach, 60 km north of Lisbon. Commander Jose Sousa Luis, spokesperson for the AMN, confirmed that it was a Danish-flagged sailboat and victims are still being identified.

According to him, three bodies, two men and one woman, were washed ashore without life jackets and with cardiac arrest. Resuscitation maneuvers were performed without success.

"When the sailboat was being removed, because the sailboat ran aground and was being removed to serve as evidence for the maritime accident inquiry, another body was discovered inside the sailboat. It is the body of a woman," Luis told Lusa news agency.

Lisbon was under a red alert for sea agitation caused by Storm Ciaran, with waves forecasted to reach seven to eight meters in significant height, and the potential to reach a maximum height of 14/15 meters.

According to the Portuguese National Meteorological Agency (IPMA), a new storm named Domingos is expected to cross Portugal on Saturday and Sunday, with waves reaching up to nine meters.