Three boats sink in storms in Balearic Islands
4 August 2006, PALMA – At least three boats sank in the Balearic Islands when electrical storms raged on Thursday evening and the early hours of Friday morning.
4 August 2006
PALMA – At least three boats sank in the Balearic Islands when electrical storms raged on Thursday evening and the early hours of Friday morning.
According to meteorologists, there were at least 1,500 rays of lightning, with the majority striking the sea.
Lifeguards had to mount 15 rescue missions to boats in distress off the coasts of Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca and Formentera.
In the worst incident of the storm, a 14-metre yacht sank at the cove San Vicente in Ibiza.
At around 4am on Friday, the boat sank while anchored. Lifeguards managed to rescue the crew’s six members.
Another crew of four was rescued from a boat which sank in the bay of Palma de Majorca.
Another vessel without a crew aboard sank also in Menorca.
On Friday afternoon, the weather centre of the Balearic Islands said conditions had been returning to normal throughout the day, but warned there was still a risk of isolated storms in the channel between Ibiza and Majorca, although they were predicted to be less intense.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news