Ferry passengers rescued after engines cut out
31 January 2005, TENERIFE-Eighty-nine passengers and crew on a ferry in the Canary Islands were evacuated after the boat they were travelling on broke down at sea.
31 January 2005
TENERIFE-Eighty-nine passengers and crew on a ferry in the Canary Islands were evacuated after the boat they were travelling on broke down at sea.
The sixty passengers and 24 crew were travelling between Tenerife to the smaller island of La Gomera late on Sunday when the boat's motors failed four miles from the port.
The company which owned the ferry, Naviera Armas, said water got into the machinery and stopped the engines.
Rescuers had to be called to evacuate passengers with the help of a Guardia Civil launch and a number of tourist boats.
They were taken to the port of Los Cristianos.
Rescue services said 38 people had slight cases of hypothermia.
The boat was being towed to Las Palmas to be repaired.
Its owners Naviera Armas, which has been running ferries since 1941, takes passengers around the Canary Islands on daily journeys.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news