Fishermen rescued after encounter with orcas

Navy rescues 5 crew members from sunken sailboat

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Diário de Notícias on the mainland reports that the Navy had rescued five crew members from a sunken sailboat after encounter with Orcas. The five crew members were “on the life raft after the sailboat they were on had sunk after an encounter with orcas, about six miles, the equivalent of 11 kilometres, from Sines”, in the district of Setúbal, the Portuguese Navy’s Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) announced yesterday.

“The five crew members, of Portuguese nationality, were rescued by the fishing vessel “Festas André”, which was in the vicinity of the sailboat’s sinking position”, writes the Navy in a press release.

According to the document, the Navy, through the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Lisbon, in conjunction with the Captain of the Port of Sines, coordinated this rescue operation at dawn.

The five crew members were “on the life raft after the sailboat they were on had sunk after an encounter with orcas, about six miles, the equivalent of 11 kilometres, from Sines”, in the district of Setúbal.

According to the Navy, the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Lisbon received contact from the sailboat at 00:03 “which was taking on water, after an encounter with orcas”.

“Festas André” fishing vessel was immediately engaged, which carried out the rescue of the five elements, and a vessel from the Sines Lifeguard Station that accompanied the fishing vessel to the port of Sines, where it docked safely at 2:43 am. “, they report.

The Portuguese Navy recalls the advice of the National Maritime Authority and the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) regarding the sighting of orcas, especially during this holiday period.

Juvenile orcas attracted to boats

“The interaction with these mammals occurs mainly due to the curious behaviour of juvenile orcas, which, attracted by the mobile and noisy structures of the boats, such as the rudder and the propeller, can approach the boats excessively and hit the mobile structures, with probability of total or partial rupture of the rudder”.

And, “in case of sighting of these mammals, it is recommended that all mariners turn off the engine, in order to inhibit the rotation of the propeller, and immobilize the rudder door, thus discouraging these mammals from interacting with the moving structures of the vessels”.

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